|Signature Quilt Top- Ethel Shepard|
1934, Macon, Georgia
I looked up a few names on Ancestry. Some could not be found easily, but of the couple that I could quickly identify, they seem to have been born about the same year, 1911-1912. Doing a little math, and noting that a number of the women have both maiden name and a married name on their block, I wonder if this was made for a 5-year High School Reunion.
I hope the Mingei Museum has had the staff and time to find out the story of this quilt. There wasn't room for elaboration in their display, but there is so much information on this quilt. Such a treasure that Ethel Shepard has made!
|String Quilt Top - String Triangles|
Early 20th century, Kentucky
|Wall Hanging - Frances Osceola|
This sampler shows (from top to bottom) Rain, Man-on-Horseback, Broken Arrow, Bones, Sacred Cross, Fire and Lightning. This may have been made quilt-as-you-go because there are no visible quilting stitches on the wall hanging front. Perhaps this was paper pieced, to get such crisp edges.
Here's a wonderful basket quilt from Missouri. What an unusual setting! Can you see the center medallion of baskets is off-center by one row? I think the colors in this are delicious, and I've long had a soft spot for basket quilts. There is beautiful quilting too. Feathers around each basket handle, and closely spaced parallel lines between.
|Quilt - 1840's, Philadelphia, Missouri|
|Signature Quilt - Elizabeth Dorks Nettles (1865-1944)|
1891 - Illinois
Our next quilt is an Amish Quilt from Kalona, Iowa, were there is a Quilt & Textile Museum located in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. That may be an interesting place to visit someday!
Don't you love the polka-dot look that appears in this 'bow tie variation?'
|Amish Bow Tie Variation Quilt|
1920's, Kalona, Iowa
|Amish Crib Quilt c. 1935, Hutchison, Kansas|
Let's head to Indiana and a Fan Quilt made from various fabrics, including twill and velveteen. Don't you love how the black background makes the fan colors Pop? And it's an interesting setting too, alternating directions rather than having all the fans face the same way. Love the motion it gives. Herringbone embroidery using all the same color along the tops and bottoms arcs of the fans gives a unifying element.
|Fans Quilt c. 1940, LaGrange County, Indiana|
Indiana State Museum collection
The art of Quilting was brought to the Hawaiian Islands with missionary women in the 1820's. The distinctive style that developed focused on the applique of local flowers and plants in a kaleidoscope of pattern.
What an enjoyable tour of American Quilting this has been. Quilts aren't just pieced blocks sewn together. I had forgotten how many distinctive styles of quilting have developed, each a complement to the other, and each a unique work of art.
Thanks for joining me at the Mingei Museum on our trip to San Diego, CA.
Until next time - hope you have a chance to Quilt Awhile.