Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Collecting New York Beauty Quilts" ends this week

All good things must come to an end, and this is the last week of the three-month-long exhibition "Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening's Passion" at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. It's been a good run, lots of people have enjoyed the exhibition, and there's still time to get there if you haven't seen it. Also, if you can't get to San Jose, a printed catalogue is available with pictures of many of the quilts.

pieced quilt, c. 1860, Kentucky
pieced quilt, c. 1865, Kentucky
"Springtime in the Rockies" c. 1935, New York
"Cinco de Mayo" 2008, by the Buda Bee Quilters, Texas
The exhibition includes approximately 35 quilts and ephemeral objects charting the history of the New York Beauty, one of the most complicated pieced quilt designs. Sunday is the last day, so go see it if you can. For more details, visit the museum's web site- click here.


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    1. Objects that are related, but not the actual quilts, such as: patterns, foundation fabric, books, etc. Usually it's a handy term to avoid having to explain and list all the other objects in an exhibition. :D

  2. Congratulations again on sharing your passion!

  3. That's a good collection! I'm very impressed.

  4. I don't know how this block works. But I wanted to comment to Bill Volkening. I was recently in a craft store in Round Rock, Texas. I saw this quilting magazine and loved all the quilts in there, and was especially impressed by your quilt collection. But then I saw this page "Quilts and enchanting homes" and was struck by the carved Haida (?) headboard that complimented the quilt and bed. I have been looking for one of these for years, as I have had for a long time the idea to make one myself. Where did you this? The quilts of course are also so lovely so I had to get the magazine.

    1. Hi Tammy- Good eye! The headboard was carved by BC artist Ken Humpherville. It was a commission through the Quintana Galleries in Portland back in 2000. Ken is Metis Cree by birth and was also adopted by the Tsimshian.