I love antique quilts and it was with great interest that I went to see this fantastic exhibition. Bill Volckening has been collecting New York Beauty quilts for many years and the quilts he brought to France for this exhibition were amazing.
In my photo selection, you will not see many recent NYB quilts. Some were on display, but I did not like them as much as I like the oldest ones. Why is that? I have pondered over the question many times and, though I am not sure, it may be because I love how the handquilting gives life to a quilt and its design which is something I do not see in more recent quilts. But that's a very personal opinion. And you may not agree.
On my first visit, I pointed out to Bill the two or three quilts that were my favourite. The only problem was that I did not know why I liked these quilts so much. That's when Bill nicely pointed out several quilts that I had not picked out and started explaining what makes them interesting in the design. For instance, in the way the cornerstones were creative, in the way the intricate design creates another design when joined to the next block... well, it is always worth having a guided visit with a knowledgeable person when visiting such an exhibition. You can enjoy such a detailed visit also in Bill's book which is really gorgeous and filled with interesting information. There is just one (very minor) problem with the book! It is really heavy and I cannot read it in bed ;-) And because I could not stopped reading it, I spent most of the night in the living room!
On my second visit, the next day, we talked a lot about the handquilting designs. There were so many to see and I have learnt a few very interesting details with Bill.
Enjoy the photos! You will see a lot of close-ups which show, at least this is what I tried to photograph, the quilting designs. I hope you will see the texture it gives to the quilts. I found this really moving and this is one of the things that explain my love for quilts.
Thank you so much Bill for offering us the opportunity to see part of your wonderful collection.
Until next post,