Monday, December 17, 2018

Where have I seen that quilt before? (9)

The French expression "deja vu" translates to "already seen" and is meant to express the uncanny feeling of recollection. Sometimes people look at the quilts in my collection and think, "Deja vu!" Chances are, they have already seen the quilts...but where? 

This magnificent, late 19th century pieced quilt from Virginia was part of my first book, "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" -- but where else have we seen it before?

It came from an eBay seller in Virginia in 2004, so if you've got an eagle eye, perhaps you saw it when it was listed. At first, it didn't sell, so I made an offer. "How could anyone pass up such a great quilt?" I wondered.

Quilters Newsletter article (2013)
Modern Patchwork article (2017)
The quilt appeared in more than one magazine article. It was in a Quilters Newsletter feature story in 2013, and last year was part of an article about collecting old quilts in Modern Patchwork. It was also part of a 2012 exhibition-- "American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007" at the WhatCom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, and was on the postcard.

The best part about having a quilt collection is sharing the quilts, even if it seems like oversharing. People worry about oversharing in 2018. It's a thing. I never worry about it with old quilts. I want everyone to see them, even if some folks saw them before. The quilts may be old, but it never gets old looking at them.

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