Kentucky Quilts Are Here!

June 28, 2011

The Speed’s new exhibition, Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond: The Bingham-Miller Family Collection is now open and will remain so until September 18. It features 39 quilts, including ten Kentucky-associated quilts made between 1850 and 1940.

Preparing quilt for display

One of the best Kentucky quilts (and, in my opinion, the best quilt in the exhibition) arrived just a week before the show opened after it had…sneaked away…for several years! It was made between 1860 and 1870, probably in Henderson County, Kentucky (though possibly in Jefferson County). Its design is remarkably similar to a Logan County quilt by Virginia Mason Ivey in the Speed’s collection. The exhibition brings these two wonderful quilts side-by-side for the first time.

Quilt, 1860-1870, probably by Emma Bridges, Henderson County, Kentucky

Quilt, about 1860, by Virginia Mason Ivey, Logan County, Kentucky