|one of my ten most amazing discoveries, now part of a museum collection|
|the second of two Willow Tree Quilts, c. 1815|
|the "Start the Car" quilt, c. 1860|
|Tile Blocks c. 1975, Louisiana|
|Tilton Family Quilt, c. 1840, Burlington County, NJ|
|pieced quilt, c. 1870, Virginia|
6) 1870s pieced quilt from Virginia: This quilt was not a bargain, but it was also worth a lot more than I paid for it. I found it on eBay from a seller in Virginia in 2004, and it is one of the best quilts I have ever found on eBay. A stunning example of precision piecing, in excellent condition, with pencil markings still visible; the zigzag borders are very unusual. It is one of 70 quilts in my new book.
|pieced quilt, c. 1800, Rhode Island|
5) c. 1800 Rhode Island pieced quilt: In March 2011, the sniper bid heard round the world went down on eBay, when this extraordinary quilt jumped from under $800 to over $5000 in the last ten seconds of the auction. I meant business, and it was worth every cent. It was a once-in-a-lifetime find, among the very earliest American pieced quilts. To read more about it, click here.
|"Night Flight" by Andrea Balosky, 1982|
|Bible Story by Lucy Mingo, Gee's Bend, Alabama 1979|
|a national treasure, now part of the collection at the DAR Museum|
So, these are ten of my most amazing discoveries. I've had good luck with quilts, maybe "an eye" for them, and was always intrigued by them. It's funny to think of the time when nobody knew about the quilts. It really wasn't that long ago.