Wednesday, September 21, 2016

some new things

polyester string quilt, Chicago, Illinois, c. 1970, 62" x 74"

Hello, blog readers! It's been a while. Kind of a crazy year. Not as much collecting as previous years, but a few new things trickled in recently. I'm starting to get a little more particular, with more than 400 quilts in the collection, 150 of them from the 1970s.

polyester strip quilt, Houston, Texas, c. 1970, 67" x 89"
Two of the new arrivals are polyester. One is from Houston and the other is from Chicago. Both quilts are exceptionally vibrant, a hallmark of the fade-resistant polyester quilts of the period.

rainbow quilt, Cincinnati, Ohio, c. 1975, 87" x 107"
The third one is a tied rainbow quilt made of seven different gingham fabrics: purple, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Light blue gingham always reminds me of Dorothy Gale, but this quilt is really somewhere over the rainbow.

I use Blurb BookSmart to self-publish catalogues of quilts
Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all these quilts, so I am putting together a catalogue with images and basic information about each quilt: pattern name, maker's name and location of origin if known, materials, dimensions and circa date.

The book will be for internal use only, so I will not be offering it for sale. I make a lot of these books documenting my collection, but many are never offered for sale. They are very helpful, though. It's great to be able to pull a book off the shelf and look up information whenever I need it. 

1 comment:

  1. Big-time map collectors hire personal librarians to maintain catalogs of their collections. You totally need your own librarian/curator as well!