Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Love Blooms

several masterpiece quilts from the Volckening Collection
will be on display in July and August
In the middle to late 19th century, botanical applique quilts were popular throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeast United States. Many quilts were made with white background fabric, lots of Turkey red, over-dyed green, cheddar orange and double pink. Fanciful floral motifs appeared in larger-than-life designs, and the quilts were often made with special purposes—for hope chests, dowries, as presentation pieces, and to celebrate happy occasions such as weddings and births.

The dedication and skill required to make these quilts would likely represent the makers’ best work. In that regard, the quilts were always considered masterpieces, but now they are antiquities as well as fancy, decorative bedcovers. Some of the quilts were well used, but most were only used on special occasions. It shows in the condition. This collection showcases some of the finest American needlework from the Civil War period. The quilts are elaborate, vibrant, masterful and full of love.

"Love Blooms: Quilts from the Volckening Collection" will be on display in July and August, 2019, at Latimer Quilt & Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon. The center is located at 2105 Wilson River Loop Road, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. Phone: 503-842-8622. https://www.latimerquiltandtextile.com