Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pieces of History

I recently visited our local historical society to see the quilt collection. I had seen the quilts before, but this time shared the visit with a quilt-loving friend. Here's a quick look.
This is a wonderful broderie perse/applique with lots of fascinating blocks. Many signatures and a date of 1844.

Here's a close-up of the gorgeous Prussian blue setting strips.

I loved the simplicity of this design. As is often the case, it's the fabric that transforms the simple design.

The copperplate fabric of this quilt is called "Fortune of War" because of a tavern sign. It also features a two-story building with a British flag hanging from the window. Tricky to get a good photo.

This vibrant feathered star was made in the 1840s.

And here's a close-up.

Rising Sun quilt with broderie perse.

Detail of Rising Sun.

I also have an interest in mourning pictures. Here is a pretty spectacular one.

And here's a closer look.

Hope you enjoyed the brief tour.