This page will offer quilts that can be signature quilts, signed 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, 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. Sometimes they were made as fund raisers.
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 nice Dresden Plate quilt from the Dorthy M Cannon Bass estate from Rocky , Oklahoma. Rocky, Oklahoma is in Washita County and was Indian Territory in 1800's. The quilt is in excellent condition and has been washed and is ready to enjoy. It is all hand quilted at 8-9 spi. On 3 sides of the quilt is an ice cream cone border. A beautiful sunny yellow ground for the plates. The separate pink binding is stitched on by hand. The plates are appliqued down by machine. On the back corner is hand stitched on and says" made MAMA CANNON 1940's". I found alot of history with this family and some of their quilts are shown in the Oklahoma Heritage Quilts book by the Oklahoma Heritage Quilts Project. On page 82 and 83 of the book is some of the families history. Some of it includes information, that "there were 3 maiden sisters that farmed their land with a team of horses. They had promised their mother on her deathbed that they would never marry, and they were true to their word." There will be some other quilts from this families estate, a couple are in the Oklahoma Heritage Quilts Book. Quilt was made, most likely by Dortha Cannon.
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.
Offering this wonderful small scale Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt. The small pieced hexagons are only 1 1/4 inch diameter. The quilt is all hand quilted. The separate yellow binding is put on by hand. The quilt is in excellent condition. Note attached with makers name. Note says "Elmers Mother (Fredericka Hahn A____) made this quilt for him before we were married on Feb. 14 1937. Marie Goldhammer A____." A possibly research quilt and a fine quilt to add to a collection. Take a look at the images!
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.