Friday, May 10, 2013

Child's Quilt, a Jean Ray Laury design

When I saw this quilt on eBay, I thought it was reminiscent of a Jean Ray Laury design. As it turned out, it was her design. I found the original, called "Child's Quilt" in her book, Quilts and Coverlets, A Contemporary Approach".

plate from "Quilts and Coverlets, A Contemporary Approach"
The quilt I found was signed and dated, Carol Simpelaar, 1970. It is 37" x 47", and the colors are not exactly the same as Laury's original. It's fun to see a signature and date on the front. Simpelaar must've been proud to create such a charming quilt, and kudos to Jean Ray Laury for inspiring the project.

Sadly, I never met Jean Ray Laury- but I do know a few people who knew her well. Whenever I hear people talking about her, I hang on to every word. Last year, Nancy Bavor did an outstanding podcast called "Jean Ray Laury, Threads of Feminism" to accompany the exhibit she guest curated at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Highly recommended!! To view the podcast, click here


  1. I'm glad you ended up with the quilt. Its a really fun piece!!

  2. dang you find the best ones! JEALOUS!!!

    1. It's a good thing. I learned more about JRL, a pioneer.