The Ainsley House in Campbell, Ca. is a beautiful old house modeled after an English country home that once occupied a spot near the EBAY office park on Bascom Avenue. It has since been moved to a nice little spot in the downtown historic area and somehow they managed to move this house in one piece with minor damage:
I've driven by here a number of times and always wanted to stop by. Their current quilt exhibit, Piece by Piece, was as good a reason as any to go visit. The house was built for the Ainsley family in 1925 and is decorated with furnishings original to the house when they lived there starting in the 1920's. Here is one of the quilt table runners in the entry hall:
The quilts are mostly contemporary and are displayed in each room of the house. Here's the dining room:
A Hawaiian design displayed in the dining room:
A display of china fruit cups. Mr. Ainsley was in the fruit packing industry:
The kitchen is in the original condition:
I am always amazed at the detailed work that goes into making these quilts. I once took a Log Cabin quilt class and it took many months and many glasses of wine to finally finish it and what I really got out of that class was that quilting was not "my thing" and that a well made quilt is worth every penny it is being sold for. And more.
The quilt exhibit will be there until June 26th. Ainsley House is surrounded by lovely English style gardens and is also available for weddings and other functions.