The first time I went to an all antique quilt auction was in Southern California.One of those large Mid-western quilt dealer auction houses was holding an auction at a nearby hotel and I was very excited to go. From the special exhibit “Cowboys, Horses, Quilting, and Leather! Sponsored by Olde City Quilts/Quilting Leather with Cathy Wiggins. From the special exhibit “Cowboys, Horses, Quilting, and Leather! Sponsored by Olde City Quilts/Quilting Leather with Cathy Wiggins.The annual International Quilt Festival is not a weekend looking at your great-grandmother's bedding.This quilt consists of 18 inch rings and a smorgasbord of 1950s fabrics in every conceivable color, pattern and design. One side is put in by machine, turned over, and then sewn down by hand.Each center area has quilting that is 1-1/2 inch cross-hatched on the diagonal. The eye shaped pieces joining the rings are filled with quilting of conjoining rings symbolizing the unity of marriage.The Signature Quilt Project Overview | Essay | Bibliography | Galleries | Search | View All Researching Signature Quilts By Amanda Sikarskie and Marsha Mac Dowell, Karen Alexander and Nancy Hornback The Signature Quilt Project is an effort to facilitate the documentation of quilts with multiple signatures and to make this information freely accessible through The Quilt Index for research and education.
There are trims and hand painting and all sorts of artistic treatments in many of the pieces.At the start of the 20th century, dark colors were very prevalent in the quilts.American society was deeply affected both by the losses of the Civil War and the cultural trend begun in England by a mourning Queen Victoria.During the 1920s, a huge array of solid and calico fabrics was created, celebrating the vibrancy of that decade.With the stock market crash of 1928, those same cheerful colors would become one of the very few ways women could brighten their homes during the hard times to come.