Art Institute

I love going into Chicago and visiting my favorite place – The Art Institute. 

This past week Laura and I went into the city and visited with our friend Judy Coates Perez who will be leaving Chicago soon for CA. 

We will miss seeing her here in the Windy City, but we will always see her in Houston at the IQA quilt show.

One of the exhibits we really enjoyed was –
Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework and Textiles, 1776–1840

July 12, 2012–November 11, 2012

Galleries 57–59

Through over 45 bedcovers, coverlets, needlework, printed handkerchiefs, and other household textiles, this exhibition explores the evolution of an American textile tradition.

I just love folk art and there were some exquisite pieces in this exhibit.
Here are some of the things we saw.


I love the little lamb on the bottom right. This wool sampler was only about 8” x 12”. Of course the oak tree, with leaves and acorns is just wonderful.


A hooked rug.

A detail from an embroidered bed cover.

This really was a Bed RUG. It was an all wool hooked bed cover. This must have been SO heavy to lay under, but incredibly WARM I’m sure. I’ll bet all the wool in it is also the natural color of the wool.

Age 14. Could you have done this at age 14? I could have, but I doubt it would have been this good or as neat.

I love these funeral pieces. They were both done in silk.
I am sorry the pictures are so blurry, but they made us turn the flash off and it just is the best I could get.

Gorgeous red and green quilt.

We had a lovely day in the city and visited for a long time with Judy and her daughter. Sigh summer is almost over, just 12 more days.

4 responses on “Art Institute

  1. sue viall

    Thank you for a peek into the past ,I have a sampler and I can’t imagine how young these girls are that did these …. No power,no nothing ,I wonder if they were in a special school ,very well off … What ever I do live them,even the death samplers .

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