Quilting as a craft probably began a few thousand years ago when someone discovered that several thin layers of cloth, sewn together, could be warmer than one thick layer. The first quilts to reach America, along with the knowledge of how to create them, most likely came over with the earliest European settlers. However, contrary to popular belief, quilts were not very common in early American homes. It was not until the later 1700s and early 1800s that quilting became more popular, especially among the leisured classes. By the mid eighteenth century, more ordinary women were able to take up the craft and the art of quilting by hand was flourishing in the U.S. But, with the dawn of the 20th century and advancements in technology, many women lost interest in making quilts the old-fashioned way. Why spend many days creating a single quilt when one could easily be purchased at the local store? In recent decades, however, there has been a revival in decorative quilt making; with many taking up the hobby for fun and relaxation.
Quilted Treasures, on display at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum’s Heritage Gallery, is generously sponsored by Linda Z's Sewing Center and Northwest Suburban Quilt Guild, Inc. The exhibition, open now through May 12, 2013, showcases quilts and other related items spanning the last 150 years drawn from the historical society’s collection.
The Heritage Gallery and Shop is located on the Arlington Heights Historical Museum Campus at 112 West Fremont Street. The Gallery specializes in local history exhibits drawn from the Historical Society’s collections and local, national and regional traveling exhibitions that explore the broader context of our history. The Heritage Shop offers a selection of historical toys and books, along with local history memorabilia. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. There is no admission fee for the Gallery, but a suggested donation of $2.00 is recommended.
For more information about Quilted Treasures contact the museum at (847) 255-1225, or visit the museum’s website: ahmuseum.org