This page will offer quilts that can be signature quilts, autograph quilts, signed quilts, inscribed quilts, stamped quilts, dated quilts, group quilts, quilts by organizations, family quilts, commerative quilts and album quilts. One often thinks of the old quilting bee where friends and sometimes family gathered and quilted to catch up on events and be social. This was often a time to share and enjoy the company of other women generally and sometimes a place where the young girls would try their first attempt at quilting. I have often heard of the stories where after a less accomplished quilter or one where the eyesight may not have been great would leave for the day, then one of the others may take out stitches if they weren't up to the standards of the others! Sometimes too these quilts were made for special people that were leaving the community such as a preacher as they often moved from town to town. Sometimes they were made as fund raisers.
There's no question here... this attractive vintage String of Beads quilt has a note attached that reads "Bead Quilt made by Mrs. ED Meinking 1955". The quilt is in unused condition and has had one rinsing. All hand quilted at neat 8 spi and also hand appliqued. For the neat binding, the maker, Mrs ED Meinking stitched on a separate binding by hand. The quilt came out of the south central Kansas area. Generous in size and a very usable quilt. A pattern not frequently seen, so take a look and maybe this one will "speak" to you!
Offering this Album Signature quilt acquried from the Sayre, Oklahoma area. It is dated June or Jan 28, 1878 and there are several signatures,,, although there are also some that are unreadable. There is some deterioratioin of the fabric where a few of the signatures, 5 of them, were located due to the ink. Other than that the quilt is in good condition. There is a handfull of blocks with some splitting of the brown fabrics as shown. There is a verse in one of the blocks that reads,,, "Reserve a place in thy..........for............... S. Thompson. " Also a couple other names are Sarah E Weddle June 28, 1878 and another block Louisa E. S.......her. Some of the blocks have no names. The quilt is all hand quilted at 6-7 spi. The binding is brought from the back and turned to the front and hand stitched down by hand and it also looks to be all hand pieced. It came from an estate auction in Sayre, Oklahoma years ago,,, a small western Oklahoma town that Route 66 went through years ago.
Offering this unused mint condition Signature or Friendship 8 Point Stars quilt. The quilt was never washed and appears that it was just stored and unused. Often these quilts were kept in the cedar or blanket chest and only brought out for special times. There's lots of names on the quilt and it is dated 1920. It is all hand quilted at 6 spi and the binding was brought over from the back and stitched down by hand. Some of the names on the quilt include Edna Kerschner, Erma Nabor, Clara Busch, Hulda Ernst, Geraldine Hanks, Ruby Lee Tillman, Maurine Johnson, Alic Baumgart, Edna Knauf 1920, Leona Gemaehlick, El Vina Frick, Alice Balzer and more. I acquired it in Custer County Oklahoma,,, but haven't done research on these names,,, so I'll leave that up to someone that might want to know more aobut these women.
This is an exceptional Redwork quilt that has so much detail and so many blocks of a great variety. It is like a storybook maybe that depicts the life of the quiltmaker. Many of the blocks I have never seen in other redwork quilts. There are 140 blocks of redwork embroidery and the quilt is also dated 1893. The condition of the quilt is excellent and it is all hand quilted at 6 spi. When I see quilts like this that have so much thought and work that went into the making of it I wonder about their daily lives that are seen in the blocks of the quilt. I can see in this quilt the events in ones life at that time period and also animals, children and flowers. Some of the blocks include cats, dogs, children playing, a wishing well, the sun, cup and saucer, wash board, sissors, thread and needle, a cooked turkey, an anvil, toad under the mushroom, chicks hatching and much more. For the binding the backing was brought forward and stitched down by hand. Woodstock, New York area.
This is a fabulous chintz quilt that is in fabulous condition. Looks unused and has never been washed. The glaze is still on the chintz. Circa 1830's and the size is 100x108, another detail of an early quilt. A wholecloth quilt that is all hand quilted at a nice 7 spi. Signed on the backside corner note attached,, Catherine P Evans. This name could be researched. These quilts of this age don't come along frequently and especially in this condition. For the binding the back was neatly turned to the front and hand stitched down and oh so narrow. Acquired in the NE USA. Originally in a quilt collectors estate, so unsure where she acquired it. Again,,,, this quilt would be considered excellent or even mint in terms of conditon. I see no wear or damage.
This signed quilt by Sarah Porter Blazer and dated 1858 reminds me of a Sunflower pattern or a Peony. I wondered about the date of 1858, thinking that may be the year Sarah Porter Blazer was born as I didn't really feel it was made then, but more of a circa 1880's-90's quilt. That could have put her in her 20's or 30's when making the quilt. The quilt came out of the Kansas City, Kansas area. This quilt may have originated in Kentucky or Tennessee. It is in excellent condition and looks unused. The hand applique is very nice and there is quality workmanship. The hand quilting is done at 12-13 spi, so fine. This is not a busy quilt and can be used in many ways. Note the way the flower is made with the thin green strips separating the petals and the lovely cheddar centers. This is a 6 block quilt and displays quite nicely. Kansas
Update,,, I recently was contacted by a quilt research person and she found this through her research: "Sarah Porter, born 1842 in Ohio married Jefferson Blazer in 1858 and in 1880 was listed in the census as living in Kansas. " This gives the date, 1858 some meaning that this is most likely a wedding quilt. It may have been made by Sarah herself or even possibly a wedding gift made by someone else presenting it to Sarah.
Offering this attractive pieced Tulip pattern quilt from the Dorothy Bass and Ertes Roy estate of Rocky, Oklahoma. This quilt is in excellent condition, looks unused and has never been washed. It is all hand quilted at 7-8 spi. Quilted by the piece and finished off with a light yellow binding which was stitched on by hand. Generous in size. It is also stitched on the back corner... Made by MOMA CANNON 1940. It came from the estate of a family that originally came from Arkansas and Alabama. Some of their family quilts are in the Oklahoma Heritage Quilts book. Rocky, Oklahoma
Offering this well made antique quilt, one I am unsure of the pattern , so called it a 4 Point Touching Stars or Stars and Diamonds. ( Just found a pattern similar called Kaleidoscope pattern and also Rock Garden) The condition of the quilt is mint and looks to be unused and maybe washed once. It is hand quilted at 7 SPI. Double line quilting in the diamonds. An extra nice addition with the pinwheel pieced blocks in the corners. For the binding the back is brought forward to the front and machine stitched down. This quilt is dated 1918 on the back corner on attached piece of fabric and notes "From Grandma Stark. Made after I was 95 years old. Christmas 1918." Ohio.
Offering this early circa 1870's Acorn Bud quilt with lots of initials quilted in the ground of the quilt. The quilt is in good condition with some popping in the border fabric, a couple of the applique and small bite out of the border as shown. Lots of close hand quilting at 8 spi. Some of the initials include JW, LEW, JEL, JLW, RW, LW, JOW, MAW, OW, MRW. Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Offering this Signature Friendship or Album quilt, I call this an Album Block pattern. The condition is good, as it has some fading and a couple tiny minor wear spots. It is all hand quilted at 6-7 spi. The separate wine colored binding was stitched on by hand. Some of the names on the quilt include W Prock, M Prock, R Goodnight, J Fenton, M Ballard, W McKiney, V Circle, M Stewart, E Hardesty, J Robenson, O Short, T Pfaff, L Fox, M McKiney and many more. It is also dated 1911. Acquired in Kansas.
This unwashed Log Cabin antique quilt is more of a time period quilt , as the top looks to have been made around the turn of the century, 1900-1910 and then the note attached said the top was quilted in the winter of 1936 and 1937,, The note that is attached reads" This quilt was pieced by Grandmother Bowman before Robert T Bowman was 1 year old. Quilted by his mother Mrs Emory T. Bowman winter of 1936 and 1937. For Robert T Bowman." It is hand quilted at a nice 8-9 spi. It has never been washed and is in excellent condition, but there are some storage spots on the border as shown. Wonderful to see the use of turn of the century fabrics and then to see the 1930's backing , that is relative to the note attached. For the binding the front is turned to the back and hand stitched down. A quilt one might want to research the family background. I acquired this in Texas, but it may have traveled there.