I am in photography heaven with this new iMAC. Downloading and editing photos is sooooo fast--compared to our old computer. I wanted to share some antique textiles I have displayed in the house right now. The photos above show two antique doll quilts in a basket on the wall of the quilt lab. Both are quite early, some of the fabrics in the larger quilt could be as early as 1830. The latest fabrics in either quilt is probably 1870. The smaller quilt is 6"x9" and each square is roughly 3/4". And yes, I plan to reproduce this one in both antique and reproduction fabrics for future publication.
Another interesting textile that I have on display in the living room is a PA German show towel. These were hung on doors when guests came to visit on Sunday. Many textiles have survived in good shape for this reason--they were put out for show only. This one is dated 1841, I guess ma means May. The name appears to be Eosaph B. Eby.