Saturday, October 23, 2010

IQSC Chintz Exhibit

 
Luck has been with me lately!  A traveling work assignment took me to Cincinnati where the International Quilt Study Chintz exhibit is featured at the Taft Museum thru Nov 7 (details on sidebar).  What a great kiosk advert of current exhibits.  I spent about 1 1/2 hours leisurely exploring 20 beautiful quilts.  I had the exhibit to myself for the first hour - heaven!  Two ladies were viewing the exhibit for the last half hour (magnifying glass in hand).  I'm posting a pic of the museum and three of my favorite quilts.  You can view the entire exhibit at the International Quilt Study website (exhibition search).  No pictures were allowed at the exhibit - these are from the IQSC website.  If you're close to Cincinnati, don't let the exhibit pass you by!










This first quilt is IQSC object number 2008.040.002 from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection circa 1820 - 1840, maker unknown.



This quilt is IQSC object number 1997.007.0369 from the Ardis and Robert James Collection circa 1820 - 1840, maker unknown.  I love the quilting design in the corners of the Lone Star block.



This last quilt was my favorite - perfect balance to my eye!  The width of the basket floral composition wasn't to the maker's liking, so she added floral pieces to each side.  This is IQSC object number 1997-007-0659 from the Ardis and Robert James Collection circa 1830 - 1850, maker unknown.

9 comments:

Barb said...

Those quilts are amazing!

Taryn said...

I concur. Those are amazing! What a lucky circumstance to get to visit that exhibit. Were you tempted to ask the other visitors to pass along the magnifiying glass to you?

Mimi said...

Beautiful!

Lori said...

Lucky you!!! I bet it was fantastic and to have the place to yourself? Heaven!! Did you have your magnifying glass?;)

fabriquefantastique said...

Ain't the quilts fabulous. I always love the magnified ladies....I feel like saying 'the stitch size is not everything, you know'. A piece I once had was about 18-29 spi....also one of the ugliest.

Janet said...

Those quilts are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!!

Hilda said...

Thank you so much for the photos - they are just beautiful ! I would love to look closely and see how they were stitched. Do they use needleturn applique ( or is it blanket stitched like so much modern broderie perse is done)?

thefairygardenerquiltstoo said...

These chintz quilts are marvelous to look at, aren't they? The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass had an exhibit of chintz quilts last summer which I posted about on my blog. I was really surprised at how bright and vibrant some of the fabrics were after 200 years.

Gail :)

Lisa said...

Wow! How lucky you got to visit. I had hoped to, but just couldn't work it in. These quilts are truely spectacular.