Quilts, Textiles and Samplers

Today I’ll feature quilts, textiles and needlework from the American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (in New York), an exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

Rising Star Variation Quilt, Elsey A Halstead, 1848

Rising Star Variation Quilt, Elsey A Halstead, 1848, cotton

Sallie Hathaway Needlework Picture, 1784

Sallie Hathaway Needlework Picture, 1784, 12 years of age

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, Artist Unidentified, 1845-1850

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, Artist Unidentified, 1845-1850, cotton with wool embroidery

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Note the individual motifs (some missing) and the obvious deterioration of some fabrics.

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

I would guess there was embroidery that has fallen away.

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail (trapunto)

Slashed Star Quilt, 1872, Sara Maartz

Slashed Star Quilt, 1872, Sara Maartz, cotton, Lancaster,  Pennsylvania

Do Not Touch Sign

Do Not Touch Sign

The ubiquitous Do Not Touch warning. I once had a visitor ask if she could touch a piece of art. She took me rather by surprise and I gave her a resounding, “NO.” Sorry–but better me than one of the docents and you’re barred for life (KIDDING).

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, 1853

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, 1853, cotton, silk, wool, and wool embroidery

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, detail

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, detail

Note the dimensional shirt and sleeves.

Crewel Bedcover, 1815-1825, Artist Unidentified

Crewel Bedcover, 1815-1825, Artist Unidentified, New England or New York State, wood with wool embroidery

Crewel Bedcover, detail

Crewel Bedcover, detail

Pieties Quilt, Maria Cadman Hubbard, 1848

Pieties Quilt, Maria Cadman Hubbard (aged 79), 1848, probably Austerlitz, New York, cotton

“If you cannot be a pippin don’t turn crabapple.”

Lucy Low Sampler, 1776, 12 yoa

Lucy Low Sampler, 1776, 12 yoa, silk on linen, Danvers, Massachusetts

My mother lived in Danvers as a child but she wasn’t THAT old.

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Diamond in the Square Quilt (Artist Unidentified), wool, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Large Eagle (Wilhelm Schimmel), paint on pine, Cumberland County,  Pennsylvania

Whig Rose Quilt, Abigail Hill

Whig Rose Quilt, Abigail Hill, probably Indiana, cotton

Harlequin Medallion Quilt, Artist Unidentified

Harlequin Medallion Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1800-1820, New England

The fabric is rather unusual, being glazed worsted wools (calimanco), professionally manufactured. The black had a leathery look. We wondered what it would have been like to needle through.

Map Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1886, possibly Virginia

Map Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1886, possibly Virginia, silk and cotton with silk embroidery

There was some motif embroidery (spider web), but most embroidery was between states. The date was embroidered in Roman numerals between Oregon and Washington. Note the elongated hexagon piecing.

Tulip and Rose Bouquet Quilt, Elizabeth Schumacher Leece

Tulip and Rose Bouquet Quilt, Elizabeth Schumacher Leece, 1930-45, Kansas City, Missouri, cotton

I could not find out but this is reminiscent of kit quilts by Mountain Mist that were popular around this period.

Centennial Quilt, possibly Gertrde Knappenberger

Centennial Quilt, possibly Gertrde Knappenberger, cotton embroidery

Crystal Bridges often has interactive areas during their exhibits. My friend Sharon and I played with the magnetic quilt pieces and also added to the tapestries on looms. While she was working on one, I added bright wool to the other. I need to get back and see the progress. We also stenciled with colored pencils on a box which we were able to bring home. I still haven’t finished mine.

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Add to Our Community Loom, Sharon H.

Add to Our Community Loom, Sharon H.

Add to Our Community Loom

Add to Our Community Loom, pink and turquoise wool by Candy P

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Create a Quilt w/Sharon H.

Create a Quilt w/Sharon H.

Creat a Quilt

Create a Quilt by Candy P

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Stencilled box, Crayola pencils, by Candy P

I have signed up for the mini-workshop the end of August on Automatons (kinetic objects, as in whirligigs). Watch for my post in early September. Summer is just zipping on by! In the meantime, we may actually get some rain. Rain in parts of Fayetteville yesterday caused flooding up to the car windows leaving most of the rest of us parched! Freaky.

 

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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