I have not been buying much this fall-- there are already more quilts in my house than I can accommodate, and I have not been terribly inspired by the selection of vintage and antique quilts available at the moment. But this lovely little appliqué quilt from Pennsylvania fits perfectly with an exhibit of quilts I am planning for the spring.
In March, I will be displaying quilts as the featured guest at the 21st Annual Airing of the Quilts at the Milwaukie Senior Center here in Oregon, and all the quilts will include representations of nature; trees, leaves, flowers, fruits and birds. I thought it would be fun to add a new quilt for the exhibit, and this appliqué quilt with leaves was just the ticket. Price was right, and it fits with one of the other quilts, a green and white, 1840s Prince's Feather from Maine.
The new quilt should arrive this week, and I will share more details when it is here. Apparently it has a signature, Minnie Wilkins. The seller thought it could have been made as early as 1880, I'm thinking possibly a little earlier, but we'll have to wait and see.