Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Local Made Antique Quilts

Last night at our quilt guild meeting our local museum put on a wonderful trunk show with antique quilts from their collection. The quilts were all from our area.

This first quilt is a wool log cabin from the 1850's in the barn raising design. The story of the quilt is the owners were moving West and traded the quilt for a can of lard.

This crazy quilt from the 1860's. The silks in this quilt are disintegrating.

This hand-pieced and hand-quilted piece from the mid1800's was a donation quilt. People donated money (.10?) and the quilters would embroidered their signatures in the boarders. Then the quilt would be raffled and all the money would go to some cause.

Another silk crazy quilt from the mid1800"s. This one was made by one of the most prominent families in our are at that time, Mrs. Charles Hackley. Her husband made his fortune in lumber.

Black with cream embroidery mid1800's. This quilt was hand embroidered by the women of a local church probably as a fund raiser. All the blocks have different local business advertisements.

I love this one with the picture of a Whirlpool washer.

A red work quilt, each block was embroidered by a different women. One was done by another Lumber Barron's wife, Mrs. Hume. Their signatures were also embroidered on the top.

I like this spider web, it says "come into my parlor"

A very heavy Star of Bethlehem, mid 1800's. This was hand-pieced with wool fabric then appliqued onto a plaid blanket.

Another silk and velvet quilt in the rail pattern, mid 1800's. The silk is deteriorating on this also.

A wife of a local Judge made this wool quilt with his old robes and suits. Mid1800's.

This quilt was hand-pieced and quilted by a elderly women. After using it a few years someone dear to her was getting married. So she bought a new back for it, requilted it and gave it to the couple as a wedding gift.
Late 1800's

Look at the size of her new quilting stitches. Too cute.

I don't remember too much about this quilt except they have called it a Cherry Basket from the late 1800's.

Our local museum focuses on the Victorian era, when all the beautiful mansions were built with all the beautiful Michigan trees.

1 comment:

Deb H said...

My favorites are the wool.
I'd love to buy that log cabin quilt for the price of a can of lard!

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