One of our favorite places to visit in the summer is This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. We volunteered there a few summers ago. It’s a recreation village of historical houses and businesses of the pioneering-era of the American West (mid-19th Century).
One of my favorite stops (and fortunately the kids indulge me) is the old hospital building with a floor dedicated to displaying the large collection of antique quilts from the Utah Quilt Guild. I love the space that it’s in – a big open, airy space with lots of natural light. Each year there’s something new on display as well as some perennial favorites.
This one might have been my new favorite. The applique and quilting was amazing. Plus, I love those colors.
Star of David, late 19th Century. I love the diamond patterns in this one – I’d love to recreate this pattern, but probably on smaller scale.
Crazy Quilt, Log Cabin and Bow-Ties quilts from the late 19th-Century.
I loved this one! This block is called Pine Burr. I’ve seen variations of this and love how striking the pattern is! Another late 19th Century quilt. (Don’t mind the creepy-ish looking doll…)
This was my other favorite. All those little half-square-triangles! This is a traditional Ocean Waves pattern made my a Mrs Juel in Cape Cod, Massachusetts sometime in the 1870’s.
Here’s a close up of those prints. Some fabric trivia for you: Did you know that the pink fabrics in this quilt (called Double Pinks because they were often tone-on-tone prints) are post-Civil-War fabrics? Pinks printed prior to the Civil War have faded to browns in antique quilts. A new dye process was introduced around that time that has helped later pink-prints stay pink. So there you go. Impress your friends. 😉
A late 19th Century wool penny rug. In the background on the left you can see the infamous “Squirrel Pelt Quilt”. (Yes, it’s really made of squirrel pelts. Eww. I’m sure necessity was the mother of invention and if you were living on the frontier and just needed something to keep you warm at night, you used whatever was available… but I’m glad I don’t have to sleep with that one.) You can see pictures of past visits to this quilt museum here.
In addition to quilts, there are lots of beautiful old structures. This is the Brigham Young farmhouse. I always love this old, pink house with the gingerbread trim.
And last, my favorite spot – this is the porch of the house that we sat on as volunteers a two summers ago. Every year the volunteers at that house piece a new quilt and hand-quilt the pieced quilt from the year before. Once a week we’d get dressed up like pioneers and my kids would roam the village and I’d get to sit on that spot and visit with guests and stitch. It was always a lot of work to get us dressed, lunches packed, and drive the 45 minutes to get there, but as you can see, it was always worth it. (Unless it was hot, lol.) Isn’t that a dreamy-looking spot?