This quilt belongs to my friend, Elaine. It was made about 1850 by her great-grandmother, Margaret Parks, when she was 25 years old. She made the quilt in Ohio before her marriage in September 1854. She and her four sisters each made one of these quilts. The quilting is breathtaking...about 14 stitches per inch. Vase designs are quilted in the corners, double line cross hatch on the sides and vine and grape designs surround a large central sunburst. The quilting is stuffed , or "trapunto" and was done by inserting cotton stuffing between quilting lines through holes in the muslin backing.
I didn't get a handout for the next quilt so I don't have any information. I can tell you that the quilting was absolutely astounding!
(Edited on April 1 to add this information from Nancy Swanwick:
"The second set of pictures of the red and green quilt is actually one of mine, too. It was made in the late 1850s or early 1860s by Thressa (Pyle) Montgomery, my maternal grandfather's aunt. It was given to my grandparents when they married in 1915, then it came down the family to me in about 1990. I have happily loaned it to the fort for the first two "Voices From the Quilts". Our family calls it "Antique Poinsettia". ")
Reel quilt designs include a basic concave square center with four arms in an oak or hickory leaf or simple oval shape. Reel quilts were popular for "album quilts" from the 1840's to 1850's. There is an inscription in ink indicating ownership of this quilt in 1845. This pattern has also been known as "Hickory Leaf", "Orange Peel" or "Rob Peter to Pay Paul".
This is the edge of a Rose of Sharon quilt pieced during the years 1837-1840. The cloth was hand-dyed green and red and the spotted print in the green pattern was made by dipping a fork in brown paint.
Quilters weren't afraid to step out of the box even then!
This crazy quilt was purchased at an antique store. Little is known about the history of the quilt, though it is said to have been owned by a Fort Scott woman. It features items unique to Fort Scott, including campaign ribbons, cigar bands and needlepoint.
We listened to three speakers while we were volunteering as hosts. Terry Clothier Thompson spoke and displayed Kansas Prairie Quilts
Then Tim Field presented "The U.S. Sanitary Commission and Their Quilts, the Soldier's Comfort". It was very interesting and you can learn more about this fascinating bit of quilt history here.
The third speaker was Kerin Hatch of Nevada. MO . After 9/11/01 Kerin started a project called "Quilted Hugs" and began providing quilts for wounded soldiers. Later she became involved with Quilts of Valor and continues to make quilts for this worthwhile project. She said she doesn't keep track of the number, but I suspect this caring quilter is responsible for hundreds of quilts. The photo below shows her with one of her many creations.