Once again we’ve bought a quilt we weren’t expecting at an auction. In fact, there were several quilts prominently displayed at this particular sale, none of them particularly intriguing. But since we look for a lot more than just quilts at an auction, we stayed for the duration, buying a bunch of tea towels, framed prints and needlepoints, and sundry other textile items. At some point, the auctioneer said, “Now we have a quilted baby blanket.”
Looking up, expecting to see a crib pad or some other machine made cover, we were surprised by this:
Not exactly what we’d call a baby blanket, rather a bars pattern crib quilt. All solid colors, the reds and the black are wools, the blue is cotton. And it’s beautifully hand quilted in dark thread. To us, this looks suspiciously like an Amish quilt, in pattern, fabrics and quilting design. And the fabrics are not new. There’s a little damage – some small moth bites and some whitish paint/glue that we haven’t really tried hard to remove, until we figure out if it’s safe to do so.
It is hard to understand why a Berks County auction would have a quilt like this, practically hidden away, while it openly presented other mediocre offerings. Again, we were able to buy it for practically nothing. Are we missing something? Are little treasures like this one really just a dime a dozen?? If they are, I guess we’ll probably end up with dozens of them!