Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne Museum

We just got back from a little getaway from The Lake Champlain Valley in Vermont and part of our little trip was visiting The Shelburne Museum. We spent two days walking around visiting the different buildings and exhibits. Shelburne Museum is a museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. It is located on 45 acres near Lake Champlain.

 The Shelburne Museum has a collection of 400-plus quilts from the 18th and 19th-century. They change this exhibition every year and display only about 30 quilts at a time. 
I thought I would share with you some of my favourites.
*These are no-flash phone quality pictures.

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Pieced Pineapple Quilt 1900-1910
*Notice the four blocks on the lower right corner disrupting the balanced design, it is suggested it was done on purpose.

*Museum note: "Some historian refers to this deliberate error as "the humility block" originating from the belief that only God can create perfection." 





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The next one is the Floral Album Quilt, 1840-1860


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Star of Bethlehem 1850-1920


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Streets of Boston Quilt 1873
Although this quilt resembles a crazy quilt, its design is based on a city-map of Boston.





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One of my favourites, 
Pieced Sawtooth Medallion Quilt 1870-1880



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The next three pictures, my favourite of them all from this exhibit,
Pieced Postage Stamp Quilt, 1930-1940

This quilt was created by Catherine King of Braintree, VT at the age of 85. It contains more than 12,100 individual squares of fabric, each measuring approximatively half inch.






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Burdick-Childs Quilt 1876
The 36 blocks in this quilt illustrate scenes of the family and home-life in North Adams, MA.



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Appliqué and Pieced Crazy Quilt with Abraham Lincoln and Animals, 1870-1880



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The Appliqué Love Apple Quilt, 1850-1860

*Museum note: The seductive Pomegranate fruit or, "love apple", as been regarded as a symbol of fertility for thousands of years, cultivated from the myths of ancient cultures. The combination of the appliquéd fruit and eight-pointed stars and, hearts in this quilt suggests that it may have been a bridal quilt or a wedding present.



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Picture taken from the Shelburne Museum parking lot, you can see the Green Mountains in the back.



There were about 30 quilts on display and these are the ones I liked the most, I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I did. 



Happy summer!!

7 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed looking at these quilts. Isn't it incredible that they can survive all these years. It is fascinating to see all the work that has gone into them. To make a quilt at 85 years old gives me real incentive to keep sewing!

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  2. The pieced sawtooth medallion is amazing! Love seeing these pictures. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. I loved these! Thanks for sharing them. Your phone quality pictures show the lovely quilting in the Star of Bethlehem and love applie quilts very well. These makers had fun with their quilting designs :0)

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  4. Ooh, thanks for sharing! I especially loved the Pineapple Log Cabin and the Applique Love Apple Quilts.

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  5. Old quilts are just so fascinating. I love to see them, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing these quilts with us. They are beauties! And soooo impressive.

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  7. Maryse we have been to lake Champlain several times and I never even knew about this museum. It sounds totally amazing. You got some lovely photographs with your phone. Some of these quilts are unlike any I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing the inspiration and beauty!

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