Quilts: the Next Layer

The Chester County Historical Museum has a wonderful exhibition, “Quilts: The Next Layer.” The exhibition was offered in two different rotations, providing access to a wider number of quilts. We visited when the second rotation was on display which continues until July 12, 2017.

Considering we were viewing the exhibition in Pennsylvania, it was no surprise that a variety of red and green quilts were on view. In direct contrast to the traditional quilts was a painted silk which commemorated the local Women’s Christian Temperance Union from the late 1800’s.

A striking un-washed Mathematical Star of chintz, with the sheen still visible was another surprise. My favorite was a friendship quilt for Martha Thomas. The quilt fully reflected the Chester County heritage, with the names narrowing the locale to the eastern part of the county.

An amazing example of creatively reusing a petticoat for part of a beautiful silk quilt. If anyone had doubts about the origin of the original garment, the pocket solidified the identification of the clothing. This quilt was from the 18th century and an Ashbridge family treasure. We had to drive out of our way to catch this exhibition, but it is worth the trip!

 

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