Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Vermont Quilt Festival.....Part 2!

As promised, here are more of the antique quilts that were on special display at the Vermont Quilt Festival.  (Please refer back to my previous post for ownership info.)


 Touching Stars with Red Bows, circa 1850.  From the show book:  "As pretty as a Christmas package, there are appliqued hearts in the center of the leaf clusters as well as at the ends of the bows.  Was this a wedding quilt, perhaps, for the Elizabeth who included her name in the quilting?"

 I just love those bows on the ribbon border!  Beautiful!

 Love Apple, circa 1850.  "The pomegranate, also referred to as a love apple, was often used to represent love, abundance, and marriage.  This bright color scheme is often found in Eastern Pennsylvania."

 Cornwall Hearts, circa 1890.  "This unknown pattern found in Cornwall, NY.  Finely appliqued, crudely made into a summer quilt at a later date."

 Oak Leaf and Heart Rose with Oak Tree Border, circa 1850-70.  "The maker is unknown, but this pattern with tree borders is common to New York, Pennsylvania, and New England."

Emily's Oak Leaf and Reel, circa 1854.  "Emily Webb of Monroe, New York made this quilt just prior to her marriage to David Fosdick.  Emily died in 1865; David committed suicide in 1869.  Their children were split up and sent to live with relatives.  Emily's 10 year old daughter Ruth inherited her mother's quilts (A16 below) and passed them down to her children."

I love the half blocks on the top and side of this quilt!  Awesome!

 Emily's Star, circa 1854.  "Two years before her marriage, Emily Webb of Orange County, New York created this unique star quilt using thirteen different turkey red prints and one green fabric.  Emily's quilts (A15 above) are in remarkably good condition that gives us an idea of how much they meant to her family."

 New York Oak and Rose with Willow Tree Border, circa 1850.  "Made by a member of the Halstead Family of Middletown, New York.  Generally found along the Erie Canal between Albany and the Finger Lakes during the period 1840-1870, this pattern does not usually include hearts as in this quilt.  Trees in the border are characteristic of central New York."

 Southington, Connecticult Signature, circa 1847.  "Numerous inscriptions from women friends and family on this quilt offer best wishes to Harriet A. Jones on her upcoming 1848 marriage to the newly ordained Rev. Robert Palmer Stanton.  Especially touching is the block inscribed by Harriet telling them how much she will miss them.  Towns of Chester, Meriden, Southington, Connecticut are noted, as is Westfield, Massachusetts."

 Interesting big-check fabric used on the border; gives a unique effect.

 Unadilla, New York Signature, circa 1860.  "This almost perfect quilt has names of family and friends of the Prindle family in the Unadilla, New York area.  Note the quilted heart next to each signature."

 Beautiful penmanship!

 Great fabrics!

New Hampshire and Indiana Signature, circa 1859.  "For reasons we don't yet understand, a group from Boscawen, NH relocated to West Creak, Indiana.  This quilt bears signatures from both locations."

Not often seen as a signature block......but I like it!

 Cotton-Fuller Stars, circa 1885-6.  "All but two of the star centers have 'Mother' written on them.  One center has 'Mrs. Jennett Cotton + Fuller Dresses.'  Another has 'Made by Cora B. Cotton 1885-6.'  Preliminary research places both mother and daughter in Stamford, Vermont."

 I love that some of the stars were fussy cut......great effect!

I think that is all of the antique quilts from that exhibit that I have pictures for, but I'll keep checking......I took over 200 pics at the show!

One of the lectures we attended was "The Textile Detectives Are in:  What does your antique quilt have to say?"  Hosted by the Carolyn Fernandez, Priscilla Hatch, Donna Bister and Richard Cleveland (with some help from Gerald Roy!), they invited us to bring in antique quilts and they would examine them on stage and talk about them.  It was wonderful!  Here are a few of the quilts that were on the stage.  (We were quite far back in the seats, so these are as zoomed as I could get!  lol)

 Yeah.....this one's going on the list to make!  You betcha!  lol

 This is the front......
......and this was the back.  Really interesting use of a big striped fabric for the sashing on the front.  They cut it without caring where the stripe fell.  I love that!

I'll check to see if any more of the antique quilts are on my camera.  If not, then the next post will be the show quilts.......they're AWESOME!



  1. Wowza again!!! I love the two tone quilts - they just speak to me - maybe I'll do a cheddar and white!!! By the way - if you ever come to Texas - you have to come see me!!


  2. Wow!! wonderful show !Thanks so much again:)

  3. Thank you, it was a real pleasure to see these fabulous quilts, I love the bows in that border so much.

  4. Beautiful quilts, my favorites are the signature quilts.

  5. Regan thank you!

    What a joy to see all these wonderful antique quilts! I was looking forward to your new publication! tonight I'm thrilled!
    I love the red and green applied in reverse appliqué leaves in the previous post. receive much love from France. And a big thank you!

  6. What a wonderful treat to see all these amazing quilts!!! I couldn't pick a favourite, they're all so beautiful!

  7. Wonderful, wonderful old quilts--and thanks for sharing their stories. Emily's story is so sad.
    That blue and red one really popped out at me. So unexpected, I think, it really caught my eye.

  8. How fascinating that lecture must have been--kind of like an all-quilts version of "Antique Roadshow."

    I love the photos! I can't pick a favorite; I like them all.

  9. WONDERFUL ! Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a fantastic lecture and show. Don't you wish more quilt makers felt they were worthy of putting their name on their creations.

  11. There is just something about these old quilts! Love the diamond signature quilt.

  12. Beauties! I keep looking at Love Apple. I'm sure I'll be back again to look at these quilts. I'ld love to go to that show. Do they always have antique quilts on display at this show? thanks again for sharing.

  13. Wow, the quilts are very beautiful, I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite. What a great lecture that must have been, so informative.