Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
The oldest quilt in the Western World…how old is it? It’s been dated as between 1360-1400 AD. Where from? Sicily, Italy. Where is it now? In the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
What about it? Known as the Tristan quilt, it’s a wholecloth quilt, telling the story of Tristan and Isolde. Go to the link for a photo and its full story. Amazing to me that it is still around, in pretty good shape considering its age and past circumstances.
That prompted me to spend a bit of time around the internet, looking for old quilts. Wow-what a mass of information is out there! I went to YouTube and searched for “history of quilts”. Too many results to summarize, but if this topic is of interest to you too, give that search a try. The history of quilts in general, the history of quilt patterns, the history of quilts in individual families…all sorts of variations on the general search parameter. I continue to be surprised at what one can learn on the internet.
To change the topic totally-our quilt seminar pages from our guild website will be live anytime now. Go have a look at the terrific job our webmaster, Don Dee, is doing for us. A link is provided to our web page in the left sidebar of this blog. Registrations are currently being accepted from members only; registration for non-members opens on April 30. We already have several paid registrations, thanks ladies. Remember we are asking for your help in publicizing this great annual tradition of AMQG. Tell all of your quilting/sewing friends about it. Wouldn’t it be terrific if we sold out?!