The National Quilt Museum, which has no antique quilts in its permanent collection, borrows antique quilts from other museums and collections to exhibit with the challenge quilts. New Quilts From
an Old Favorite 2012: Baskets and Antique Basket Quilts, on view from April 6 through July 10 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, includes five basket quilts borrowed from the New England Quilt Museum.
A c1885 Mini-Basket Quilt [1991.34] has 306 3 ½ inch basket blocks! It was donated to the New England Quilt Museum by the Binney Family and can be seen at http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=21-41-55 . Another piece from our Permanent collection, Folk Art Flowers [1995.07], is a 1925 hand applique quilt made by John H. Yerger of Sanatoga, PA. It was a gift from Robert and Mary Lou Sutter and can be seen at http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=21-41-F1. Another of our quilts on loan is a c1850 Basket Quilt [1998.08] made by Delia Birdsey Crocker and is one of nine quilts in the Reese Family Collection donated by John R. Reese. (For more information about another Reese Family quilt see the blog entry dated April 10, 2012.) This quilt can be seen at http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=21-41-86. Another piece is a c1870 Basket Quilt [1999.13] from Pennsylvania donated by the Gail Binney. It is pictured in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker Magazine along with a pattern to make the quilt. It is also pictured at http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=21-41-6E . We also loaned a lovely Red and White Basket Quilt [2004.11] donated by Matha Sabin. This c1860 quilt can seen at http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=21-41-7A
Four of these quilts (all except 1995.07) were on display at NEQM in the Donahue Permanent Collection Gallery during Fall 2011.
~ Laura P. Lane, NEQM Collections Manager