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All of the quilts that we sell are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic. All restorations are noted. We always have many more quilts in stock and can fill your special request. Shelly purchases only extraordinary quilts in excellent condition.

Please e-mail Shelly if you have quilts that you are interested in selling. Shelly also takes special quilts on consignment to be sold. Please email Shelly for more information if you interested in consigning a quilt.


Condition Listings

Mint: Quilt is unwashed, like new condition. No stains, holes, color fading, or wear. No restorations or repairs. All seams and stitching intact. No batting shift noted.

Excellent: Quilt has never been washed. May have minimal fading or staining. No holes or tears. All stitching and seams are intact. May have some batting shift.

Good: Quilt may have been washed. May have some fading, staining, or discoloration. May have some age appropriate wear to fabric or binding. May have been repaired or restored. May have some loose stitching or open seams. May have a batting shift.

Fair: Quilt has been washed. May have fading, wear, and or staining. May have a small tear or hole. May have loose stitching or open seams. Batting may be shifted or exposed.

Poor: Obvious wear, staining, and or fading noted. May have tears, holes, or fraying. Loose stitching and or open seams may be present.

Quilts for Sale

Shelly Zegart's discerning eye for antique and other uniquely American quilts has been recognized here and abroad for more than 30 years by collectors, designers, museums and others. A number of quilts from her own personal collection were acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago.


"Quilts: A Window to the Past" Exhibit and Collection

'Star of Bethlehem' quilt from 'Quilts: A Window to the Past' collection Shelly is pleased and excited to be able to offer for sale for the first time an important quilt exhibition created and curated by Victoria Hoffman in 1989.

This small exhibition is a hidden gem. It has traveled in the U.S. and Japan and has been in storage since its last venue at the Hudson River Museum in New York in 2003.

'Quilts: A Window to the Past' Catalogue CoverThe exhibition and accompanying catalogue are both titled Quilts: A Window to the Past. The catalogue was produced by the originating institution, the Museum of American Textile History, now in Lowell, Massachusetts.

It is an educational exhbition complete with quilts, objects, photographs and ephemera (See Contents List). In 1989 this exhibition was revelatory, as it was one of the first to place quilts in a broader context, reflecting their role in the history of American culture. It is a rich teaching resource, and would provide a sound base for any institutionís textile collection, as many different exhibitions and themes can be drawn from the assembled contents. Shelly is representing Victoria Hoffman, a colleague she has known and respected for the past 30 years. For more information please contact Shelly.


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Quilts for Sale

Currently, Shelly is offering a number of individual quilts for sale, including:


Shelly guarantees every quilt she sells to be authentic. Restoration and condition are disclosed in quilt descriptions. Please refer to Condition Listings (see sidebar).