Well, I have a quilt in a museum, at any rate. Doesn’t that count?
A few months ago, I was asked by the program director of the museum where I docent if I would possibly consider making a quilt for the bed in the cabin. They already had a quilt. It is a 150-year-old antique log cabin quilt. What she wanted was a quilt that she could use in her schoolkids programs. One that the kids could touch and lie on while testing the rope springs and straw mattress. I enjoy quilting, and I was tickled at the idea of a quilt of mine being in a museum. So this is what I made for them:
The pattern is a variation of the traditional block called “Corn and Beans.” The quilt is 54″ square. The fabrics are all Civil War reproductions, because the original cabin was built just after the Civil War. These colors and prints were a stretch for me. My usual inclination is towards jewel tones and florals, but I am more satisfied with these colors and patterns than I thought I would. be. The batting is cotton, and I washed it to make it nice and puckery and antiquey-looking (also, although there was no doubt in my mind that it would, to make sure it washed well because it will probably be washed fairly frequently). This is a closeup:
You can’t tell from the photo, but it is hand-quilted in a diagonal grid through the center of each square. I have machine quilted a few quilts in my time; I hate the process of machine quilting, however, and I love the process of hand quilting, plus hand quilting is more authentic for this particular quilt.
And here are a couple of pictures of the quilt on the bed:
So now I am famous, because I have a quilt in a museum!