A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the home of a very talented local artist. Her home was decorated with beautiful antiques, but of course the items that really got me excited were her beautiful antique quilts! Wow. They were stunning. A lot of the themes for her paintings were early 19th century domestic scenes with women and children, and she used some of these quilts in her paintings. (She also made beautiful period clothing for her models to wear.)
As we visited her home I was dying to know where she found such beautiful old quilts and guess what she said. Ebay. Ebay! So I had to go home and try my luck at acquiring such a beauty and look what I got: this wonderful vintage crib-size double wedding ring. For a steal! (I haven't had any luck since then - I always kept getting out-bid in the final seconds. But that's okay, I don't really NEED any more quilts. I just LIKE them.)
I'm guessing this one is from the 1930's, based mostly on the fabrics. Maybe 40's? It's all hand pieced and hand quilted and SO wonderful and soft.
As far as wear and tear goes, it's in wonderful condition. Even the fabrics are in really good shape. It does need to be cleaned though, and here's where I'm a bit paralyzed. Anyone have any good resources for cleaning antique quilts? I figure now's the best time of year to do it so I can air dry it outside.