Concord Museum Quilt Exhibit

  Friday, October 8, 2010 through March 27, 2011
Special Exhibition

A little scrap for recollection’s sake:  Quilts from the Concord Museum

Rarely exhibited, the quilts on view in this special exhibition range from doll size to full size, and include bold geometrics, traditional patchwork, signature quilts and crazy quilts, most dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. Also included in the exhibition are patterns, quilt tops, shams and sewing tools.  Of particular interest are:

  • A signature quilt made for Rebecca Brooks and Joseph Allen Smith on the occasion of their Concord wedding in 1849, with 96 squares signed by friends and family, each “a little scrap for recollection’s sake”
  • A crazy quilt celebrating the work of 19th-century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott
  • A Concord quilt featuring an early example of the “Pieced Pineapple” pattern in vivid colors of “turkey red,”  “cheddar,” and “poison green”
  • A quilt passed down in the family of Hannah Dawes Newcomb, the daughter of William Dawes, who was an alarm rider like Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775 
  • A quilt from the collection of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, attributed to Abigail (Abby) May Alcott, mother of the famed author of Little Women

Each quilt on exhibit has a story to tell about the creative makers, the communities they lived in, and the period of history in which they were working. Free with Museum admission; Members Free. Through March 27.

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