Vicki and I spent quite a bit of time at the Packwood Museum in Lewisburg, PA. It rained the entire day on Friday, so it kept us out of the shops in town - they looked great, though. What a beautiful place. I would love to visit again. The Packwood House Museum is really wonderful. We toured the adjoining house where the Fetherstons lived with their collections. I've always loved antiques, and all things old, and this was some of the finest that I've ever seen. Very unusual examples of pottery, furniture and china. The quilts were choice; beautiful quilts in beautiful condition. The small book in the photo below contains a few of the quilts that were displayed in the museum. I took copious notes on my favorite - see the picture at the bottom of the post. After sitting on the floor sketching and note-taking, I reread the description and saw Jeannette Lasansky's name mentioned. She was the author of a few Pennsylvania quilt books. Sure enough, when I got home, the quilt was in "In the Heart of Pennsylvania", on page 47. It looks good in the book, but, in person, so striking. The quilting creates so much movement that it makes the quilt exceptional. The quilting shows up quite well in the book, so you can get some sense of it.
The larger book is really one worth having. It is from the exhibit at the Chester Co. Historical Society. There were a few quilts that were really nice, but others that were (how shall I say it!), average, and even some that I wouldn't rate even that. Some weren't in very good condition, and some were everyday examples of 20th century quilts. The book is another story...nicely printed, with great color plates of the quilts, along with b&w photos of quiltmakers and ephemera. It was published by the Chester Co. Historical Society, this year. If interested, they will ship the book. I haven't checked any book sites, like Amazon, to see if it is available elsewhere.
Pennsylvania, and the east coast just have a seemingly endless supply of incredible quilts. The books from these areas are my "go to" choices when I just want to sit back and look at some great antique quilts.
I do Windows
7 hours ago