Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Really, Really Old Quilt

I might as well long for white instead of green, for a while -- because we're going to get it. 

The mountains are being spanked with snow right now, and it's heading our way tonight. Already the wind banging around the house has a cold edge. (It was clocking more than 60 mph down south last night; we had a paltry 35 mph or so.) The poor flowers already up are huddling into themselves and trying to hang on.

It IS Spring...right?

Take a look at this wonderful wholecloth piece, c.1400, from the Victoria & Albert Museum. It is thought to be one of the oldest -- if not the oldest -- surviving quilts. It features romantic trapunto details of the courtly legend of Tristan and Isolde.If I am remembering correctly, this quilt is one of a pair -- the second is in Italy, and was rediscovered when it was used in the early 20th century on a servant's bed during a cold snap.

I'd better go find my own snuggly blanket. And soon.

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