Monday, April 16, 2018

This Week in Paducah

pieced quilt, c. 1870, Sarah Redmond, Texas
Two quilts from my collection are on display this week at the 30th Annual Rotary Antique Quilt Show in Paducah. The "Southern Splendor" exhibit, curated by Mary Kerr, showcases Southern quilts and celebrates the release of Mary's latest book, "Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History and Designs" (2018, Schiffer Publishing).

Both of the quilts from my collection were made in the middle to late 19th century, and both have makers' names but very little other accompanying information. 

The first quilt is an 1870s pieced quilt made by Sarah Redmond of Texas. We do not know what Redmond called the design, but it has a variety of modern names such as "New York Beauty", "Rocky Mountain Road" and "Crown of Thorns". These names are attributed to mass-media publications and manufacturers of quilting supplies from the turn of the century and beyond. 

I covered the broad topic of quilt pattern names in detail in my first book, "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" (Quiltmania France 2015), but this quilt came to my collection after the book was published. In the absence of name documentation, my practice is to call it a pieced quilt rather than applying a modern name to the pattern.

The second quilt is one of the most well-known quilts to come out of Paducah. It is a mid-19th century applique quilt made by Mrs. M.E. Poyner, and it appeared in several books including "Kentucky Quilts 1800-1900" and "Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War". It is sometimes referred to as an "Oak Leaf Variant" or "Currants & Coxscomb" but we do not know what Mrs. Poyner called the quilt.

The Paducah Rotary Antique Quilt Show will be open to the public Tuesday, April 17th through Saturday, April 21st at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky. Show hours are 9am to 6pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 9am to 3pm on Saturday. For more information, click here.

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