An Moonen's Treasures


Because Americans have long claimed the quilting tradition, we like to think of it as ours. We sometimes forget that other locations had quilts long before we existed as a country or even as colonies. An Moonen, who has worked in textile conservation or as a curator for museums for almost 50 years is happy to explain that Dutch quilts have been around since the 1200’s.   The author of multiple books on Dutch quilts (author of: A History of Dutch Quilts, Beddelgoet: Netherlands Antique Quilts 1650-1900, etc.) she has spent her life working with and collecting quilts, textiles and samplers. So when we were visiting with her and she gave us a peak at her collection, it was great fun. Another treat in store for us, was an exhibition she was of having of...
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Famous Fabrics


Chintz fabric is a love, love, love of mine. So I spend a lot of time looking at these fabrics. Whenever there is an exhibit, a book, or a retreat on chintz, I try to make it a priority. When I was working on our book Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, I took the opportunity to assemble a list of fabrics that repeatedly appeared in quilts. I named it “Famous Fabrics” and I continue to track these beauties, whenever I see them. When Leah Zieber’s 2017 Chintz retreat was announced, you bet, I signed up! This year it was an opportunity to see the private collection of Sandy Sutton. (Sorry, but I’m not able to share any photos of the Sutton collection. Those are Sandy’s to share if she chooses.) However, everyone brings a...
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Winterthur: Galleries, Part II


  Although initially our focus was drawn to the amazing quilts in the gallery, the other textiles displayed couldn’t be ignored, especially with an indigo resist taking up a large part of the display. This amazing linen textile was made in Berks County, Pennsylvania approximately 1780 – 1830. Hanging beside the indigo resist was dress fabric from the Coromandal Coast, 1775-1800. The design was created by hand instead of being block printed. The fabric bears the mark on the back of United East India Company. Additional fabrics, including one printed by Bromley Hall in this Banyan held my attention. Needlework on display was also an important contribution to the collections. Both men and women were employed in professional workshops creating amazing clothing and furnishings. A sample of whitework from New York was also included. All...
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Winterthur: Galleries


If you’ll recall, The Triplett Sisters were fortunate enough to have research time at Winterthur Textiles. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see just by visiting the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. The Galleries showcase the permanent collection as well as highlight themed exhibitions. The textiles in the galleries were amazing and are worthy of multiple blogs. I’ll try to restrain myself to two articles. One Chintz quilt is worthy of a blog by itself, simply filled with wonderful fabrics. You’ll notice this article is filled with multiple images from the quilt. Sadly, neither my sister nor I took photos of the title card. We were simply captivated by the fabric contained in the quilt. However, to learn more about it, here is the link to the info about the quilt made...
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Penn Dry Goods Market


Our first glimpse of the fun about to come was before breakfast, where Kay noticed a local newspaper called "The Fishwrapper", a salute to history even in the title. Think back, or if you don't have first hand knowledge, research what items would have been sold at an old dry goods store. That is the focus of the Penn Dry Goods Market held annually at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center. The market itself is a glimpse of treasures brought by various vendors selling their wares of quilts, books, buttons, and bows. Vendors are required to have a majority of their wares in the textile category. Besides the antique vendor show, there are two days of special lectures on textiles as well as the history of textiles. This year I was honored to present the...
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