Orphan Quilts are now in the Massachusetts Registry of Quilts!

I took my orphan quilts to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and had them appraised for age and condition. No surprise that the condition for both was 'poor', but the age surprised me. The Dresden Plate pattern (which, they tell me, is actually a sunflower pattern, as the petals of each flower are points) is dated in the 1930-1935 era, as I had expected. But the crazy quilt is said to be from the 1880-1890 era. 

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Comment by sue brigle on September 28, 2012 at 10:05pm

wow, that's great!  even in "poor" condition, that is still a treasure.

Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on September 27, 2012 at 5:35pm

I have stories of quilts I've made at my website, if you're interested: www.beyondoldwindows.com/thequiltersquarters.htm .

Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on September 27, 2012 at 5:33pm

Hi Karen,

My brother in law was cleaning out his sister's summer home after she passed away, and found them and offered them to me. They were stained and dusty, sun faded in places. I've washed them, which weakend the old cotton thread, and the crazy quilt is separating block by block, with some fabrics disintegrating. I'll do my best to restore what I can. My husband suggests I have a tea party, and then hand out seam rippers and have lots of help taking the binding and back off :-)

Comment by Karen Lightman on September 27, 2012 at 9:00am

Wow...what treasures. Where did you get these?

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