Monday, February 29, 2016

Quilt Questions...


Someone contacted me last week about a quilt he had and was unable to keep it. He will be moving and wanted someone to take his mother's quilt...specifically, someone who would appreciate it. He read about me in the newspaper and decided I would be a good candidate. 

I agreed to accept the quilt, sight unseen, and promised to make sure it was well taken care of. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box! All of this lovely hand work must have taken his mother years to finish! 


Each state is represented with the flower, bird, capital marked and year of statehood.  I love the colors and the stitches! It is truly a labor of love that took years to complete.


Unfortunately, it is machine quilted with machine stitching that meanders in the background. Not quilting in found in the actual embroidery. And the borders are stitched with a loop and star design. The border quilting is not very well done.


Overall, it's a beautiful quilt and in excellent condition. There is a label with the maker's name, date (1985) and location. I sincerely want to be a good steward of this quilt. So my questions are...

Does anyone know what the value might be (ballpark)?

Is there a good place to sell/ donate this for charity where it will be valued?

Any other ideas on how to find it a good home where it will be well taken care of?

I'm happy to enjoy it for now, but any suggestions at all would be helpful.

Thanks so much!
Diane


9 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt! I don't have any answers for your questions, but you might want to try posting pictures & questions to the Facebook group Quilts - Vintage & Antique. You'll have to request to join the group, but I don't imagine that will be a problem.

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  2. It's a beautiful quilt. I don't know about value or what you should do with it the only things that come to my mind was that perhaps a museum or a private collection might be interested in it. Or perhaps a library or school.

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  3. OMG! I can't imagine giving that away. Perhaps donate it to your kids school as a raffle fundraiser?? Or perhaps the school may want it to hand in their library?? Let us know where it ends up.

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  4. Extraordinary thing to receive such a treasure, you are very lucky!

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  5. The quilt is beautiful and, you are right, a true treasure. I recomment you contact Mary Kerr who is an appraiser and very familiar with antique quilts for more info. PLEASE do NOT donate for a raffle or fundraiser!!! Mary's contact info is: http://www.marywkerr.com/ Best wishes.

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  6. What a treasure! Too bad that there is no family member for it to stay with, but glad that the owner found you! I wonder about a local historical society?

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  7. That is special! And so much work!!

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  8. I'm afraid I can't help you...just tell you that it is a beautiful quilt with lot of work on it... the lady who made it was very talented !

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