Learning new things expands one’s horizons. Taking classes at Paducah has been a mind-expanding experience for me. I opted to take a couple of courses on Quilt Appraisal with instructors Carol Elmore, Linda Honsberger and Gerald Roy.
The instructors explain the importance to appraisal value of viewing a quilt hanging to get the full visual impact.
Detail of the quilt showing a block with pre-1830 Chromium blue fabric.
Gerald Roy gave us a quick lesson on dating fabrics with quilts that illustrate the major styles from 1840s through to 1970. Pictures could not be taken of these quilts, so I can only tell you that they were wonderful to see and helped us to understand trends and put the periods into perspective.
During the class, Sheila Holland, a quilter whose work appears in miniature quilt display in the AQS museum came to the door to give a miniature quilt to Gerald Roy.
Sheila makes miniatures exclusively from vintage fabric. He appraised some of her work and was so impressed with her work, that he went home and pulled numerous yards of tiny print vintage fabrics from his collection to give to her. She made this quilt for him as a surprise thank-you gift. The cheddar fabric, which Gerald calls Chromium, is dated from 1870. The blue is called Lancaster Blue and it also dates from 1870. Gerald said he would probably donate the quilt to the AQS Museum, and laughingly added, “but not until after I die!”
Update: Sept 7, 2012: You can check out more of Sheila’s work on her website at http://petitepieceoftheprairie.blogspot.com/ . Her work also appears in the “Oh Wow!” exhibit of miniatures at the Museum of the American Quilters Society.