Quilt historian to present Civil War quilts and lecture

UNION AND LIBERTY Sampler Quilt Top, New York, 1860s.

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Wild Rivers Quilt Guild invites all area quilters to join them for their meeting on Tuesday, beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 900 Central Ave., at the intersection of U.S. 2 and 101 on the west side of Florence, Wis. 

The topic will be Civil War-era quilts. The period before and during the war between the states was one of the most turbulent in American history. Quilts made before and during the war years are evidence of the impact on daily living.

Allison Rainboth has a strong interest in antique and vintage quilts. She is an American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser of quilts and quilted textiles and is also a National Association of Certified Quilt Judges certified judge.

Rainboth will discuss the changes in fabrics, patterns and quilting designs using quilt examples from her collection of battered beauties. Those who attend can view these Civil War quilts, which are more than 100 years old and learn some history, too.

On Wednesday, Rainboth will be appraising quilts. Only a few spots remain in her quilt appraisal schedule. Contact the guild by email at wildriversquiltguild@gmail.com to schedule an appointment for having a new or old quilt appraised to learn its true value.

Allison Rainboth

There is a $50 charge for her appraisal services and participants will receive a certified appraisal form that can be used to have quilts properly insured through homeowner’s insurance.

For more information about the Wild Rivers Quilt Guild or to contact them, go to the website at www.wildriversquiltguild.org. Guests and new members are always welcome.


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