Quilted Presidents.

Weary of the winter weather? I hope this parade of Presidential quilts will cheer you up on this Presidents Day! These quilts were made between 1917 and 2000 in Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Redwork Presidents Top By: Conway, Mr. & Mrs. Period: 1901-1929 Date: 00-00-1917 Contributor: Arizona Quilt Documentation Project

Presidents Top By: Poston, Irene Period: 1976-1999 Date: 1984 Location Made: Fairdale, Kentucky (KY) USA Project Name: Kentucky Quilt Project Contributor: University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

Presidents’ Profiles Top By: Ferrell, Hazel B. Quilted By: Ferrell, Hazel B. Period: 1976-1999 Date: 1974 Location Made: Meddlebourn, West Virginia (WV) Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

The Presidents Pattern Names: None Top By: Hoyt, Melba Quilted By: Hoyt, Melba Date: 2000 Location Made: United States Project Name: Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project Contributor: Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Tech University

Presidents Quilt Pattern Names: President’s Quilt Top By: Adams, Mary Quilted By: Adams, Mary Period: 2000-2025 Date: 2009 Location Made: St. Peter, Minnesota (MN) United States Project Name: Minnesota Quilt Project Contributor: Minnesota Quilters Inc.

Unknown, President’s Silhouettes Applique Quilter Group: Greene County Home Extension Group Period: 1950-1975 Date: 1974 Location Made: Snow Hill, North Carolina (NC) United States Project Name: North Carolina Quilt Project Contributor: North Carolina Museum of History

BiCentennial Presidents Commercial Sources: Good Housekeeping Pillow kit and original center block Top By: Tippin, Loma Viola Quilted By: Tippin, Loma Viola Period: 1976-1999 Date: 11/1975 Location Made: Harrison, Michigan (MI) Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

Our Presidents, Flag Quilt/ Original Top By: Mielke, Martha Period: 1930-1949 Date: 1930s Location Made: Unknown Project Name: MassQuilts Contributor: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project – MassQuilts

 

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Thirteen Quilts–Lucky Us!

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is one of forty museums who have contributed quilt records to The Quilt Index as part of the Michigan Quilt Project (see a complete list here with links to quilts in each collection).

Included in the Henry Ford permanent collection are thirteen quilts made by Susan McCord (1829-1909), “…an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making.”

McCord’s quilts range in style from crazy quilts to an intricate hexagon mosaic to an original design of thirteen hand appliqued strips of vines. This text is included in all of McCord’s quilt records:

McCord, like other thrifty housewives of the era, sewed her quilts from fabric she had on hand, mostly clothing scraps. Her everyday life was filled with household and farm chores; her “scraps” of leisure time were filled with masterful quilt making. Susan and her husband Green McCord farmed an eighty-acre farm in McCordsville, Indiana. Here Susan McCord kept house, brought up her children, sewed clothing for her family, knitted accessories, practiced homeopathic medicine, read her bible through each year, participated in sewing bees, gardened, took care of the cows and chickens–and found time to make at least thirteen extraordinary bed quilts. McCord used traditional materials, techniques and patterns—but her considerable skill at manipulating fabric, color and design turned the traditional into something exceptional. McCord’s bed coverings stand as the extraordinary legacy of an otherwise little-known Indiana farmwife.

McCord Vine Quilt Top By: McCord, Susan Noakes Quilted By: McCord, Susan Noakes Period: 1876-1900 Date: 1880-1890 Location Made: McCordsville, Indiana (IN) United States Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

Detail of McCord Vine Quilt

 


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Wednesday Weathervanes.

Weathervane is one of more than 200 Browse by Pattern categories users can select to Cruise & Use the Quilt Index. Here are four of the 22 Weathervane quilts that I browsed.

My favorite (today): this machine pieced and hand quilted pink beauty by Ethel Tew of Lake Odessa, Michigan in 1945. The quilt was documented in 2005 as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

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Monday Morning Stars.

Just what the doctor ordered to light up your week—a half dozen Morning Star quilts documented in The Quilt Index spanning two centuries and six states. Enjoy!

Broken Star, Star of Bethlehem, Blazing Star Top By: Schrock, Amanda Mast Period: 1930-1949 Date: c. 1935 Location Made: Arthur, Illinois (IL) USA Contributor: Illinois State Museum

 

Star of Bethlehem variation Top By: Brooks, Mrs. Mary (Nancy?) Bird Period: 1800-1849 Date: c. 1813 Location Made: Kentucky (KY) USA Project Name: Kentucky Quilt Project Contributor: University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

 

Star of Bethlehem Top By: Maker, unknown Period: 1800-1849 Date: 1825-1850 Location Made: Unknown Project Name: MassQuilts Contributor: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project – MassQuilts

 

Broken Star; Blazing Star; Diadem Star; Star of Bethlehem Top By: Foster, Nellie M. Period: 1930-1949 Date: 1935 Location Made: Nebraska (NE) USA Project Name: Nebraska Quilt Project (Lincoln Quilters Guild) Contributor: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

 

Lone Star Pattern Names: An Aesthetic Quilt, Star of the East, Star of Bethlehem, Blazing Star, Rising Star, Pride of Texas, Star of Stars, Rising Sun, Overall Star Pattern Top By: Mayborn, Bessie Estella Jackson Quilted By: Mayborn, Bessie Estella Jackson Period: 1901-1929 Date: 1925 Location Made: Laramie, Wyoming (WY) United States Project Name: Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc. Contributor: Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc.

 

Lone Star Pattern Names: Star of Bethlehem; eight-pointed star; Gwyer Family Quilt Top By: Gwyer, Sarah Hall Period: 1850-1875 Date: ca. 1860 Location Made: New York (NY) USA Project Name: Permanent Collection Contributor: DAR Museum

 

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