April 2016

Author 
Jeanette Elliott, Collections Relocation Coordinator

Earlier this month one of our volunteers brought in a top for a quilt that she thought we might want for our collection. It had been dropped off at the office of the church she attends by a gentleman who was cleaning out his elderly mother’s home and found it in a closet. He knew the church had a quilting group and thought maybe they could use it. When the ladies took a look at the quilt top they deemed the fabric too weak to be quilted. They also had a hunch that there was something a little bit special about it - and boy, were they right!

As I often do when I have a textile conundrum, I turned to our resident expert, Pam Glew, for her opinion. We began to carefully spread the quilt top out so we could have a better look, when her eyes lit up and she excitedly announced we had an original “Charm Quilt” on our hands!

Quilt

The pattern of the quilt top is quite simple - identically sized, hexagon-shaped pieces of printed cotton sewn together. What makes it special is that every hexagon is unique; not one piece of fabric matches another. In fact, many of the hexagons appear to be made from scraps, carefully pieced together to be large enough to form a patch. And to top it...

Author 
Jeanette Elliott, Collections Relocation Coordinator

Earlier this month one of our volunteers brought in a top for a quilt that she thought we might want for our collection. It had been dropped off at the office of the church she attends by a gentleman who was cleaning out his elderly mother’s home and found it in a closet. He knew the church had a quilting group and thought maybe they could use it. When the ladies took a look at the quilt top they deemed the fabric too weak to be quilted. They also had a hunch that there was something a little bit special about it - and boy, were they right!

As I often do when I have a textile conundrum, I turned to our resident expert, Pam Glew, for her opinion. We began to carefully spread the quilt top out so we could have a better look, when her eyes lit up and she excitedly announced we had an original “Charm Quilt” on our hands!

Quilt

The pattern of the quilt top is quite simple - identically sized, hexagon-shaped pieces of printed cotton sewn together. What makes it special is that every hexagon is unique; not one piece of fabric matches another. In fact, many of the hexagons appear to be made from scraps, carefully pieced together to be large enough to form a patch. And to top it...