Monday, February 11, 2013

If You Are So Lead...

Recently I was approached by someone who saw my website to look into finding a home for her 20 antique quilt tops.  These tops are not commercially viable...but to a collector or a dealer they would be quite a find (I think).   This is not usually what I do, but...I am so lead to find out about this for her : D. 

I met a wonderful lady named Mary Kerr a few years ago who has been doing appraisals, lectures and repairs for many years.  I have been very interested in learning about this stuff.  I haven't really had an opportunity or reason to look into it until now : D...

I have found out that there are opportunities to donate them to a textile school, museums and/or sell them to a dealer.  However, now is not a good time to be selling these types of things as the recession has everyone hanging on to their money and they are not bringing the money they once did or probably will again someday. 

Here are some pictures:




20 comments:

Anita Fiander said...
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Anita Fiander said...

Absolutely beautiful! Both the quilts and your effort to help others! Love that :)

Aimee said...

I love getting things that are just around my area of expertise but not quite it, it's usually a good learning experience.

Cathy Taughinbaugh said...

Beautiful quilts. Quilting is such a wonderful art form. That is great that you sharing her work.

LizB said...

Thanks so much!!! I try to use the motto - "See a need, fill a need" : D.

LizB said...

You are so welcome Cathy! Thanks for stopping by!

LizB said...

Me too!!!

MamaRed said...

Isn't it amazing where our lives and talents can lead us? Quilting is something that always takes me back my my grandnother, and I wish she would have taught me what she knew!

Norma Doiron said...

Totally beautiful... Reminds me of how I loved quilting and will do it again one day! Thanks. :)

Moira Hutchison ~ Stress Management and Success Development Support said...

These are really lovely Liz! Thanks for sharing your passion and your gift.

Catherine Doucette said...

Love the quilts. Remind me of my nan's work.

Sherie Venner said...

Such wonderful talent in the hands that have created these quilts...just fabulous!

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Carl Mason-Liebenberg said...

These are beautiful as is the effort! :-)

Bethmac said...

I love antique quilts and quilt tops! Of course, I love the history of quilts and to try to date the fabric.I think each quilt tells a story.
Beth

Susan Critelli said...

These are so beautiful! The recession has hit sellers of all kinds of beautiful treasures because people just can't see their way clear to buy things they don't actually need just because they are pretty. Makes it so hard for sellers - on the other hand, it should be a collector's dream if they can pick up bargains. The challenge is finding a collector or museum looking for something like these. Good luck! So lovely that you agreed to help her.

Lisa Birnesser said...

I was blessed to haev my great-grandmother's quilt top finished by two dear sisters. It sat in a show box for years. My father used it during the last years of his life so it's very precious to me. Thanks!

lisaf-breakingthecycles said...

Beautiful quilts, and it sounds like finding a home for them was interesting, as well.

Sharon O'Day said...

I decided years ago to learn to quilt and found that I really loved doing it all by hand, instead of any machine work. There is something so rich about the combination of fabric, thread, needle and human hands! And what a great way to join the beautiful to the practical ... ;-)

Helena said...

These are so beautiful! I hope you find good homes for them.