The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ, was originally the James Library built in 1889 by philanthropist Daniel Willis James.
The interior boasts 20' high ceilings, 7 chandeliers, 56 stained glass windows, 3 fireplaces, and stencilled and hand-painted brick walls.
The current exhibit Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts & Textiles features several quilts and artifacts pertaining to quilting. Love these madder blocks!
The displays are all behind glass making it a little difficult to get good photographs but this quilt 'spoke' to me right away. It is from the museum's collection and represents an example of a pieced quilt comprised of many small pieces of fabric that are stitched together to make a large quilt. And since this is a 'learning' museum, there are questions on the story cards e.g. "How many different types of fabric can you see?"
A simple tied One-Patch.
This lovely quilt contains 30 pieced Pine Tree blocks. At the base of the tree trunk on the right are the initials 'JAS.'
An example of a quilt made by a child who was learning how to sew.
Downstairs this beautiful c. 1830 medallion quilt was displayed high above a fireplace.
This strippy was displayed behind a sheet of clear vinyl which prevented visitors from touching.
Lots of wonderful early fabrics . . .
. . . and a nice combination of simple 9-patches and border strips :)
Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer