Saturday, December 31, 2011

The 7th Day of Christmas

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting the Historical Society of Decatur County Museum in Greensburg, Indiana. The museum is housed in the Lathrop/Shannon house, part of which was built c. 1850, and which was occupied by the family from 1872 to 1980. The rooms in the house are decorated in 19th and early 20th century style, and the museum also has special collections of Victorian furniture, textiles, and children's toys, among other things. For more information on the museum, click here.

I entered the first room and was greeted with a breathtaking display of floral quilts.

Two different pink fabrics.

This one is dated 1852, and I wish the pictures showed how wonderful it was.

Notice the different embroidery stitches used.

Notice the similarities between the flowers on this one and the one above.

This was just the first of many rooms, so stay tuned for more.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The 6th Day of Christmas

Sorry I'm a tad late, but Blogger was not letting me load any photos. :(

Some of my favorite crazy quilt motifs ~

Love this one!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, because you won't want to miss my visit to a Historical Society.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 5th Day of Christmas

Baltimore Album Quilts are near and dear to my heart. I'm writing a report on them for my quilt history group, and it's a mammoth task. I've got a stack of books and materials two feet high next to my computer.

Here is one that sold on New Year's Day 2010 for $28,250. Some of the signatures of Baltimore residents on the quilt include Louisa Blessing and Elizabeth Sharp. Oh, to have lived in Baltimore in the 1840's!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The 4th Day of Christmas

It's not as easy to come up with a topic everyday as I thought, and we're only on day 4! I looked through my files, and came up with these blocks from a presentation quilt made in 1869 for a little eye candy.