1.   100 Years of Quilting

This lecture covers the period of quilting from 1830 through 1930.  We include approximately 30 antique quilts that represent style and format changes during this time period.  The history of the quilts and the quiltmakers provides an interesting journey through a very difficult time during the growth of our young country.

2.   The Quilt Revival of the Thirties

We provide quilts that cover a period of time from 1920 through 1950.  The lecture includes the depression period through WWII with the main focus on the “feedsack era.”  In addition to approximately 30 quilts, we also provide the history and various examples of feed sacks and their uses.

3.  Appliqued Quilts – As American as Apple Pie

We share the history of applique from the 19th century through the revival of the 20th century.  The lecture will include approximately 30 heirloom quilts showcasing a variety of patterns and designs that demonstrate the intricate art of applique.  You will see the talents of quilters that paved the way for needle artists today.

4.  Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts…. Folklore & Superstitions

“Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts – Folklore & Superstitions” provides quilts that represent some of the most colorful Pennsylvania quilts made in the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Their unique designs and quilting patterns have created the “Dutch” folk art that is collected today.  Discussion will include the connection of “quilts”, “hex signs” and the world of “folklore and superstitions.”

 5.  Uniquely Pennsylvania German – The Valley Quilts

We often hear a phrase “this quilt is probably from Pennsylvania”.  You will have a better understanding why this reference is made while viewing the Pennsylvania German quilts from eastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania had a vastly diverse immigration of groups in the late 17th Century into the mid-18th Century.  The largest of these groups were the German speaking immigrants from Europe.  Ridges and valleys of Eastern Pennsylvania reminded these settlers of their homeland which made them feel at home. Quilt documentations recently discovered that regional quilt designs were being found, depending on what “valley “they originate from.  The most recognized style of these early German quilts is their bold use of color.  This lecture explores the regionalism and use of color that makes these quilts and coverlets uniquely Pennsylvania German.

 6.  Treasures of the Early 20th Century

The early part of the 20th century brought many changes to the design as well as the color pallet of quilts.  This lecture will introduce you to individuals who were instrumental in the movement of change.  You will observe quilts that changed from dark somber colors to the pastel colors of Marie Webster.  Ruby McKim became the top quilt designer during the 1920’s and 1930’s and Anne Orr provided sophisticated needle work patterns.  Additional quilts that represent these changes will be showcased during the lecture.  Many individuals were influential in pattern changes and quilt designs …. these early entrepreneurs have become our “Treasures of the Early 20th Century.”

 7.  Inspirations

Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.  In the world of quilting…inspirational creativity can be drawn from a variety of surroundings.  A floor tile…a vintage quilt…a combination of quilt blocks or perhaps lines within a poem…the list is endless. The lecture will provide antique quilts from the 1800’s alongside the reproductions of the 21st century.  The presentation will showcase a variety of “inspirations” and take you on a journey to be remembered.

 8.  Museum Showcase

The Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania was permanently closed in October 2020 due to decreased attendance and the after effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  As a result, the contents of the museum went to auction…including their quilt inventory.  We were fortunate to attend the auction and obtain some of the quilts for the Christ Collection.   This lecture showcases a variety of designs and styles representing those Pennsylvania quilts ranging from 1840 to 1940.  It is our pleasure to share the stories behind some of these quilts and hope they provide enjoyment to you as well.