I’m back from Quiltcon and a few days of recovery! The show floor had a special exhibition of historical quilts from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe. Kiracofe is the author of several quilt history books. The quilts in this exhibition are also featured in his latest book, titled simply Quilts, which is self-published via Blurb. You can also download it as an e-book, which he encourages, so you can zoom in on the images and see the fabrics and quilting up-close. Learn more about the book here on The Quilt Show blog.
I’m so glad that Quiltcon thought to include quilts like these. They are by unknown makers, collected from flea markets and eBay, mostly hand-stitched and hand-quilted, and made outside more established traditions of quiltmaking. Juxtaposed with the main MQG exhibition, I couldn’t help but compare and contrast. They’re apples and oranges in a lot of ways, but the spontanaeity, cheer, and warmth of these quilts has been very influential to the modern quilt movement. I wondered if quilts like these can even be made anymore. My thoughts went in a lot of directions about this question but mostly ended up at “yes” after taking Denyse Schmidt’s Improvisational Patchwork class on Sunday.