ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Antique Quilt Collection on Display

Although I've posted about this on Facebook, I've been remiss about mentioning it here on my blog. Until (and including) November 20, there is a quilt show happening at the Arnprior Museum, about 40 minutes from Ottawa. It includes the antique quilt collections of several local quilters, as well as a couple of their own works. I always say I was born with the quilting gene. Well here is the evidence! Nine of my antique quilts are included in this show, and two of my own works. I'm so happy these works are stepping out off the shelves of my cupboard for the world to see. I paid a visit to the Museum last week and took these photos.

All of the quilts were made by either my grandmother or great grandmother, and possibly my grandmother's godmother. I've had them appraised and the oldest one seems to be the red and white Scherenschnitte on the right. It was made in the last quarter of the 19th century. The green and red one you see draped across the bed was a gift to my grandmother on her wedding day around 1918. It has never been used, and the glaze is still on the fabric. It has a lovely scalloped edge.

You can see a closeup here of my grandmother's wedding quilt..

The quilt in the upper left is one of my favorites because it reminds me of the dresses of navy calicoes that my grandmother always wore.

There are a couple of Dresden Plate quilts in my collection, made during the 1930's.

A quite old crazy quilt.

 Note, the white nightgown does not belong to me ;-)

This log cabin is just a quilt top that has been stitched to the base of a worn out quilt. It has never been quilted. At the bottom you can see my work, which is much different from the work my ancestors made.

Information: Arnprior Museum. If you like antique quilts, the Museum has an impressive permanent collection of their own.


  1. It must be nice to have a quilting heritage in your family and even more so to have some of the quilts. It's a wonderful array of quilts and I adore the mixing of the old and new. It makes me wonder where quilting will be in another 100 years.

  2. Jo, I have ALL the quilts because my sister has no interest in them. I am blessed! Funny thing is that none of my quilting ancestors, even my mother, know that I make quilts. She descended into dementia before I started making quilts. They would be so surprised to see what is happening today.


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