Monday, May 17, 2010
I finally got to the de Young's Amish Quilt exhibition
I finally got to the de Young's Amish Quilt exhibition and spent hours studying the quilts, taking notes, viewing them with a small magnifier, comparing their colors to a set of color cards I'd brought with me. I want to construct some Amish-style quilts, so I wanted to know how they actually made theirs. When they put on a border, what did it look like? What colors did they use for the hand quilting? I was lucky enough to visit with Stephen Brown, the owner of these quilts, and we talked about how important it is to preserve the colors by displaying the quilts in low light. Once a quilt fades, he pointed out, there's no way to reverse the process and get the original colors back.
[June 15: the exhibit has ended, and the de Young has removed the link, so I've edited this post. -- reh]
Another page about the Amish quilt exhibition (the page may look blank, but scroll down for text and illos)
A site that displays many of the Browns' collected quilts
-- Rachel Holmen