Lori Lee Triplett gives Ricky some tips about collecting vintage quilts. She also shares her thoughts about the cleaning and restoration of antique textiles.

Lori Lee is one of the co-founders of Quilt & Textile Collections which manages the Poos Collection.

It is one of the largest privately held quilt and textile collections in the world. It is named after Martha Poos, a grandmother who quilted and instilled her love of quilts to the curator Kay Triplett (the sister of Lori Lee). Originally, the collection was compiled from estate sales and small antique shops. However, as the collection has grown, the variety of sources for the collection has grown as well.

It has a large collection of antique quilts with an emphasis on pre-1860 quilts. These vintage bed coverings can be divided into four main categories: white on white quilts, red and green quilts, indigo quilts, and chintz quilts. Some age appropriate vintage fabric is also a part of the collection.

Click here to go to Lori Lee's website.

Click here to see Lori Lee's books.

#5 Marie Miller 2017-01-01 17:10
Love the indigo with trapunto.Nice interview!
#4 Carol Schoner 2016-12-31 21:39
Don't wash? Even if it smells bad? Could it be mold or mildewing in front of your eyes, or nose that is. Could dust be grinding up the fabric. I have one that is a beauty but smells. I have it airing out over a rocking chair now. I don't want a definitive answer to any one quilt, I guess how do you decide? Obviously age.
#3 Siobhan 2016-12-30 16:05
Beautiful quilts! Great to hear you talk about them too...
#2 Darwin 2016-12-30 13:16
I particularly liked the small quilt with the new binding although the one hanging in the back wasn't too shabby...
#1 garnerb 2016-12-30 06:23
Thank you for sharing Lori's talk with Ricky - most informative and leads us to further study and educational opportunities at their website! The preservation of our quilting history is every quilter's responsibility, and we should be sharing these resources as our daughters and granddaughters begin to recognize the importance of this beautiful art form started so many centuries as a sacred trust.
Bethany in Kingston, ON Canada
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