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2019 Antique Quilt Exhibit: “Quilted Treasures of New York”
Sharon Waddell (New York)
Like many states New York is home to exceptional 19 th century quilts. What makes the Empire state different are several unique regional quilt patterns. Often popular for only a generation, these century patterns and styles appear in specific areas. Border patterns with trees, twisted ribbon, floral vines, and tasseled swags were common. Papercut patterns whose names have been lost to history immediately identify the quilt’s or maker’s New York origins even when found further west. This exhibit explores many of these 19 th century patterns and other unique characteristics that make New York quilts special.
Sharon T. Waddell is an independent quilt researcher who has been collecting antique quilts for over fifteen years. A quilt maker since 1988 she is active in several guilds. Inspired by the patterns and styles of antique quilts she became a member of the American Quilt Study Group where she specializes in regional patterns of the mid-19 th century. She enjoys sharing her collection in hopes it will inspire others.
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