We went to an exhibit called The Art of the Needle and I was really taken with a quilt by a woman named Ida W. Beck from Easton, PA. From afar it didn’t seem that unique, but the detail work was amazing. It is clear that it took many year to plan and make this quilt that includes many different alphabets, flowers, months and seasons. Ida W. Beck lived from 1880 – 1967 and was described as a shut-in who specialized in needlework and monogramming. She donated this work to the Shelburne Museum collection in 1955. The center of the quilt is a monogram that contains all letters of the alphabet except for the letter I. The Posy Collection sells a needlework design of the center portion of the quilt.
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