Monday, June 6, 2011

Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum

I finally got a chance to visit the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum in Lancaster, PA in May.  I had gone, of course, to see the Amish Quilt Collection.  But to my surprise, they also had an exhibit of Christmas scenes depicting living rooms from the 1800's through 1970's.  They replicated a typical living room as it would have been decorated from that time period.  It was very interesting.  You could tell the era as you looked at the room, before even reading the sign.  I really enjoyed it.

Of course, this was just a sampling of what they had displayed.

Afterwards, it was on to the quilts!  The Amish Quilt Collection is from the 19th-20th century and was formerly know as "the Esprit Collection".  Doug Tompkins, a founder of the Esprit Corporation, began collecting the finest Amish quilts he could find during the 1970's.  The Heritage Center acquired the collection in 2002.  It is a wonderful collection and I am happy to share some of my favorites with you.

If you ever get a chance to get to the Lancaster area, be sure to stop by the museum.  It was such a wonderful place to see!  For more information you can check out their website.

Happy Sewing,

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