A vintage quilt by any name is many times a coveted collectible just the same. At least that seems to be the case as the worlds of collecting and quilting meet on the same plane of interest in the history, artistry and ingenuity of vintage quilts.
Produced in the U.S. since about the 1700s, quilts have long served the functional purpose of providing warmth and comfort, and more recently helping to create popular choices for decorating, design and historical study. This can be seen in the growing number of auctions where vintage and antique quilts are featured, and in the overwhelming popularity of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.
The center, founded in 1997, opened its museum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in March 2008. The glass and brick “green” building houses more than 3,000 quilts as well as state-of-the-art research and storage space, and galleries for exhibits. In November, the center received a substation gift from the estate of collectors Sara Rhodes Dillow and Byron Dillow.
The gift was a collection of 275 antique quilts with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.
“The Dillows have established a legacy of service to education in Nebraska and to the international study and preservation of quilts and quilt making tradition, “stated Patricia Crews, museum director, in a released statement. “The value of these quilts is immense, not only for their beauty and historic value, but for the endless research opportunities they will provide to our students.”
The historical richness, robust and traditional designs of antique and vintage quilts is the appeal of both students of quilting and collecting, and something celebrated in the new book Warman’s Vintage Quilts, by Maggi McCormick Gordon. The new book features 300 vintage quilts created between 1825 and 1960, with a few more modern pieces created in the style of vintage quilts. Illustrated in color photos, with a description of the materials used, the maker’s name and data made, as well as collector value, each quilt featured in this book is a look back at the timeless traditions, character and livelihood of the nation.
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