Deadlines. They’re a necessary evil when writing is the full-time gig that puts spaghetti on the table and Exxon in the Camry.

Up to our eyeballs in deadlines this week, we missed our Tuesday Tip. Not that we didn’t have anything in mind — we did. But, the day simply got away from us. One minute Tuesday was still young and coffee was brewing in the office, the next minute the clock said it was Wednesday already. Time flies, as they say.

So, how about a do-over?

Made in Indiana in the mid 19th century, this Drunkard's Path quilt sold for $587.50 at Cowan's Auction in October 2011. Price for textiles are slowly starting to improve, according to Diane Wachs. (Photo: Cowan's Auctions)

Made in Indiana in the mid 19th century, this Drunkard’s Path quilt sold for $587.50 at Cowan’s Auction in October 2011. Textile prices are slowly starting to improve, according to Diane Wachs. (Photo: Cowan’s Auctions)

Our Tuesday/late-Wednesday tip comes out of an interview with Diane Wachs, director of fine and decorative art at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. While discussing the company’s recent $1 million decorative-arts auction, Diane noted a trend regarding textiles.

“I’m seeing textiles inch back up, inch by inch,” she said. “We’ll have a number of quilts in our fall sale. We’ll see how they do. Textiles in general seem to be seeping back into the market. In dribs and drabs we’re seeing these things.”

It wasn’t long ago that I stood at an estate auction, watching vintage quilts sell for next to nothing. Textiles have struggled for quite some time. Maybe things are slowly turning around, one drib and drab at a time.

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