Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Antique Quilt

SO, my boss comes in a couple of weeks ago and says, "M. [his wife] wants to know if you want an antique quilt." So I thought a minute and said, "OF COURSE!"

I'm thinking your average early 20th century quilt, available in your local antique store for $50 or so.

No. He comes in the next day with THIS:
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antique quilt

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My jaw drops to the floor, but I take it home. The next Monday is our guild meeting, so I take it in to share at show & tell. [TMOTH says to "show off", but we all know quilters like to share.] I jokingly tell them not to say anything if it's valuable, otherwise I'll have to give it back.

The others agree with me - it's mid-19th century and an extraordinarily fine quilt. It needs to see someone for conservation, and I do need to get it appraised. Sigh. I'm hoping against hope it'll only be worth a couple of hundred dollars and I'll be able to keep it.

3 comments:

quiltmom said...

What a gorgeous antique quilt- what a wonderful gift - If I were the person giving it away, It would be wonderful to know that the quilt would be loved and valued. That would be worth a lot to me. You can relate to the quiltmaker and the time involved in making such a beautiful thing.
Don't you wish that the quilt could talk and tell its story?
I do hope that you do get to keep the quilt. Thanks for sharing your story.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

marissa said...

wow what a great gift

The Calico Quilter said...

It's fantastic - did you get it appraised? Hope you kept it.