Monday 4 April 2016

Old books, crazy and Baltimore album quilts, part 2 USA

Lots of photo's in this post!!!

The George Peabody library  is in Baltimore and contains more than 300.000 books mainly from the 1800 and the 1900s. If you want to read something they will get the chosen book for you and you can study the book at a special desk.

 Detail from the iron work....always interesting for someone who likes patterns;)

 They made an exception for us, my friend arranged that we could go up a few stairs. We were happy!

 Beautiful and very impressive building!!!

 These were huge!!!

I accidentally took  photo's of books about 'The united Netherlands' (my country) , so I asked to take a peek inside.
And we looked at an old book about needlework, full of ideas!

 Detail of the library woodwork (at least I think it is wood).

The outside of the Peabody library, all made of marble.

Opposite the library there was a beautiful church. Baltimore has lots of churches.  My friend told me, freedom of faith was one of the main reasons people emigrated to the USA. Baltimore is one of the early settlements of the USA, so lots of history here.

 Me ;) in front of the church.

 This church window is inspiring isn't it?! I love it!

We also visited the Maryland historical museum
Of course the highlight from this visit, for me, were the quilts on display.  Most of them were from around 1850.

 Broderie persé, very beautiful.

A few very impressive and wonderful crazy quilts.

 Braided and embroidered ribbons.

Next to the quilt this was written:
'This crazy quilt was made by Mss Ella Teal and friends for Dr. Jackson Brown Baxley. Mss Teal was Dr. Brown's fiancé when he died suddenly. She never married.'
A sad story isn't it?

 And a few Baltimore album quilts.  I will show some photo's (from the many  I took!)

 And a rather big crazy quilt.

And than we went home over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, back to Maryland after a lovely day full of history, fun and learned a lot!



Quilting Moesje said...

Prachtige quilts !
en ook de gebouwen zijn inderdaad inspirerend :0)

Marja said...

Mooie omgeving daar èn mooie quilts!


Tilly said...

Wat een prachtige foto's laat je ons zien. En erg mooie quilt.bedankt voor het delen.
Groetjes Tilly

Phyllis said...

Wat fantastisch! Ik hou erg van (mooie) (oude) bibliotheken en dit is er een.... werkelijk om van te dromen, dat zou voor mij al een reden zijn om naar deze stad te gaan en dan ook nog die oude quilts, wat een top dag heb je gehad, helemaal te gek.

Quiltlia said...

Prachtig zowel de oude gebouwen als de quilts,oo die bibliotheek geweldig,dankje voor de foto's en het verhaal,ik hoop dat er meer komt.
Groetjes Lia

Judith said...

watr een heerlijk verslag, zalig al die foto's

Nifty Quilts said...

My goodness! What a wonderful tour. Thank you for showing the photos. Those quilts are stunning, with so much hand-work.

ineke said...

Mooi mooi mooi en wat een geweldige trip. Leuk om de broderie perse detail te zien. Ik doe het ook op die manier. Geniet nog maar lekker na. Groetjes ineke

Elvira said...

Que fantástico viaje, cuantas cosas bonitas has visto.
¡¡¡Que bilbioteca!!!! y cuanta historia en esos quilt

JustGail said...

Thank you for sharing the quilt photos! They are all lovely. The last crazy quilt hung upside down gave me a smile....