Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Rainbow Quilt

This cheerful 1970s pictorial quilt will soon join my collection. It is tied, made of cotton, and has an inscription and date, 1977, in the lower left corner. Marjorie Childress, a quilt collector in New Mexico posted a picture of it on Facebook a while back, and it was love at first sight. Marjorie has a wonderful eye for quilts. Objects in her collection have recently been featured in new books by Roderick Kiracofe and Bob Shaw. She finds some of the most incredible things.

The Rainbow Quilt reminds me of my childhood, growing up in the 1970s, watching Schoolhouse Rock during Saturday morning cartoons. It has a whimsical quality, reminiscent of a child's drawing. Vintage pictorial quilts are rare, but I have another one with a rainbow. It came from Ohio and was made in the 1930s.

I am happy to have a dated, pictorial 1970s quilt joining the collection. It will also join the group of quilts to be displayed at QuiltCon and the Benton County Museum. Can't wait to see it in person. Will post more pictures when it arrives.