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Beautiful Crazy Quilt with Photo of Maker
Documented in Laconia, NH at the Belknap Mill
Special Log Cabin Quilt
Documented in Northwood, NH
WE HAVE DOCUMENTED OVER 2,000 QUILTS!!
We are in the process of writing a book about the quilts of NH. It will be published so we can share many of these beauties with you.
As board members we meet on a regular basis and stay in touch through e-mail and Skype.
In 1976 I worked on a Bicentennial Quilt for the Unitarian Church of Franklin, NH. A group of women from the Women's Alliance met and decided that it would be our fundraiser for that summer. Each of us decided what squares we would like to do to with regards to our communities. Some of our members resided in Tilton or Northfield so those towns are represented as well as Franklin. We completed the quilt and Mrs. Estelle Watts (who had been our wonderful choir leader for many years) offered to embroider the names of all the makers on the back of the quilt and she did some embroidery on the front of the quilt as well.
We had such fun working on our blocks together. We met at the church hall or at our homes.Design ideas, fabric, decisions on colors for the shashings and backing were decided and then we got busy. When it was completed it was displayed in a storefront with raffle tickets offered for sale. I don't know how much we earned, but I know for me it was hard seeing it go to someone I didn't know. A woman in Salisbury, NH won the quilt. I spoke to her by phone several years later to see if she still had the quilt and if she would consider selling it. She would not. I learned a short time ago that she had passed away and someone in Laconia now owned the quilt. They put it in Auction and luckily for us Leigh Webb, president of the Franklin Historical Society went to the auction, bid on it and got the quilt. He donated it to the Franklin Historical Society where it is lovingly displayed. I spoke to NHQDPPII and asked if they would consider documenting the quilt. Arrangements were made and we had the chance to see the quilt (a little worse for wear), take some photos and have a nice visit. I know I have a newspaper clipping with us all together when we finished the quilt. When I find it I'll post it here and give a copy to the Historical Society. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all the blocks. But here is a sample of our applique blocks from back in 1976! If you live in the area stop by the Historical Society, they have many wonderful items on display.
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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will have a wonderful exhibit of antique quilts owned by NH resident and quilt collector and expert, Gerald Roy.
This link above has information about the exhibit and a brief video of Gerald talking about quilts.
The exhibit dates and more information can be found on the MFA website above.
My Experience Working on a (now) Vintage Quilt.... back in 1976.