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.


Dorothy said...

Just wonderful!

Kathie said...

OMG I want to come right out there now and see these quilts in person!!!! Lisa thanks so much for sharing them with us, I am sitting here in awe!

Lucy said...

OOOhh my goodness. These quilts are a thrill! Beautiful
Thank you for sharing.

Sue said...

Wow. Love them all and can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.
Just the right start to 2012.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Those quilts are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Stunning quilts! Just look at that quilting, those details like the scallop edge. Lovely, lovely.

Janet said...

Thank you. What beautiful workmanship. Yes, I would love to
see them in person. Just gorgeous.
Happy New Year!

Sue said...

What a glorious display of quilts! Wow. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and I think that this museum is one place on the list to visit for 2012. I do love visiting museums and it seems there are always quilts of some sort on display.

Have a wonderful New Year in 2012!


Lori said...

Oh my goodness! The colorful urn quilt is my favorite but they are all so lovely!! Tahnsk for sharing these amazing heirlooms.

Beth said...

Lisa, we lived less than 20 miles from Greensburg for over 20 years, and I had no idea this museum was there! Thank you so much for this post; Larry and I will have to make a trip over there to see this.

Happy New Year to you, dear friend.


regan said...

These quilts are all stunners! What treasures! And how nice that you can view them up close.....what a wonderful museum! Can't wait to see more!

Mary said...

Of course I have to tell you my favorites again - the very top picture and the very last. I love the flower in the top picture, the colors and the shape. I especially like the center of it. And in the last, I like the, well, 'ferny' plant in the matching basket. I know it's not a fern because of the flowers
but.... Which were your favorites?

Jan said...

What a treat to see these! They are all just fabulous - love that faded pink on the pieced rose quilt, and the quirky urn appliques. Just wonderful!

Janet said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! These are spectacular quilts. Such gorgeous applique and blocks that I've never seen before. What a treat you've shared with us - how marvelous to see them in person!

Dawn said...

What a great time you musty have had!!
They are each so beautiful and thanks for the great pictures of the details. Love seeing the fabrics and the quilting designs.
Interesting how they displayed them too - and seeing people walking around.
Thanks for sharing!!

Susie said...

I don't know which one I like the best!

Alicia said...

Those floral quilts are a dream come truth
Happy new year

Miriam said...

Oh my goodness, what wonderful quilts! Thank you for sharing and showing us such detailed photographs! I wish I lived closer and could visit in person!