QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

Above: Reproduction Print and Document

Friday, February 17, 2017

Margaret Dodge Quilts

This Mariner's Compass quilt in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg recently caught my eye,
not only because it is spectacular (do note fussy cut paisleys)....



but because it is attributed to Margaret Dodge Sutton of Brooklyn, New York. Now there was something going on quilt-wise in Brooklyn, New York, in the mid-19th century so anytime I see Brooklyn my eyes light up. And any time I see the name Margaret Dodge ....

Album Quilt made by Margaret English Wood Dodge in Brooklyn.
Collection of the DAR Museum
See the file on this quilt at the Quilt Index here:
http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=46-7A-C7

I have recently been working on patterns for a quilt inspired by one made by a Margaret Dodge of Brooklyn. You may have made my Dixie Diary block-of-the-month quilt in 2013, which owes a lot to this Margaret's blocks.

Detail from Margaret Dodge's quilt

Particularly in the star and heart appliques.

Dixie Diary by MooseBayMuses

Another fussy-cut paisley in the Colonial Williamsburg quilt.

Margaret's album is charming and Margaret made a lot of quilts, but I cannot believe she also made the masterpiece quilt at the top of the post. It's just not her style. There must have been two Margaret Dodges in Brooklyn and indeed there were.

Margaret English Wood Dodge (1783-1873) was the grandmother of Margaret Dodge Marschalk Sutton (1826-1907). They probably have known each other well as the elder Margaret lived until the younger one was in her sixties.

The link between the two Margarets is Clarissa Mary Dodge Marschalk (1803-1838) daughter of one and mother to the other. Clarissa died when her daughter Margaret was about 12 years old. The younger Margaret's father Girard Steddiford Marschalk (1801-1827) had died when she was a baby. Who raised her?

Fussy-cut paisley from Grandmother's Quilt

Fussy-cut paisley from the Mariner's Compass quilt.

But perhaps granddaughter Margaret didn't make this Mariner's Compass.
There's a curious detail at the end of the cataloging information online.  
"The quilt descended from the maker Margaret Dodge Marschalk Sutton (1826-1907) to her daughter Louise Marschalk Sutton (b. 1871). The quilt descended through Louise to a great-grandson of Margaret's, Robert W. Pitt, who donated it to the museum.
Mark(s):A printed calling card for Mrs. Louise Marschalk Chapman was pinned to the quilt when the object was acquired; the reverse of the card bears the ink script inscription 'Designed and made/one hundred years/ago by Clarissa Dodge/Marschalk and left/to/Louise Marschalk Chapman.' "
Why did the family believe that Margaret Sutton made the quilt when the card from Margaret Sutton's daughter indicated that Clarissa Marschalk stitched it? 

Clarissa died in 1838. Could this quilt have been made by her before 1838?  There were certainly Mariner's Compass quilts being made in the 1830s. 

Quilt date-inscribed 1831 from the North Carolina project and the Quilt Index.
Attributed to Jean-Marie Frontis.

The Turkey red and Prussian blue blocks in the Dodge quilt are more typical of the 1840s but the chintz sashing and borders were classic 1830s style.

See more quilts from the remarkable Grandmother Margaret Wood Dodge at this post:

The women:
Margaret English Wood Dodge (1783-1873)
        Clarissa Mary Dodge Marschalk (1803-1838)
               Margaret Dodge Marschalk Sutton (1826-1907 or 1909)
                      Louise Marschalk Sutton Chapman (1871-?) (Could someone be lying about her age?)

See some genealogy here:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=mbwheeler&id=I062602

And More on the DIXIE DIARY BOM here:

Carol at Carol's Artless Fabrications framed each Dixie Diary block with 
a Flying Geese design. Pretty spectacular.

I'm now offering the paper patterns by mail or downloadable PDFs for the Dixie Diary BOM in my Etsy Store. (Note: No pattern for Carol's flying geese frames.)
Buy the complete pattern package in PDF form, which you can print yourself in color or black and white. $15
https://www.etsy.com/listing/512000439/dixie-diary-bom-civil-war-quilts-sampler?ref=related-1

I will print these out in black & white and mail them to you for $22.50
See this listing to buy the paper patterns.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Heart Cut-Outs

Happy Valentine's Day!
A day for hearts and flowers


Today we can enjoy some cut-paper heart quilt patterns. (#9.8 in my Encyclopedia of Applique.)

Or if the design has eight elements rotating around a center instead of four it's a #24.4 variation.
Which Elly Sienkiewicz called Double Hearts

From an old Quilt Engagement Calendar

Similar block from Jeffrey Evans Auction.
Both probably 1840-1865

And another...from Stella Rubin


The earliest printed name for the general style of four elements is Friendship Quilt,
about 1890 from the Ladies' Art Company.
A very simple version


There is some variety in the shapes as you'd expect in a hand cut pattern.

Many of these are from online auctions.
Some  just the basics---8 hearts

From Julie Silber's inventory

Some with everything plus


Dated 1843
They are not all red.





A lot of them are blue

Here's one from an auction in Manilus, New York recently.

When I first started gathering pictures of quilts I noticed this pattern as something often seen in New York.
Here's the Blauvelt family album from Rockland County, NY with a couple of these heart applique blocks.


Sampler dated 1894

But that is just an observation. You see the pattern elsewhere.
Like in Ohio's Miami Valley---this sampler from Sue Cummings's book.
Late 19th-early 20th century style there.

[Note the example in the upper left on the cover.]


Elsewhere like Wales---
And Ireland

And is it a heart?
A spade?
A leaf?
There are many versions in green.

Ftom Vintage Blessings online shop

This family quilt was seen in the Oregon project, attributed to
Irene Latham Phair of  Massachusetts by her family


You hear it sometimes called Hearts & Darts today.
Maybe that's Cupid's Arrow with the heart?



Here's a pattern for a mid-19th-c version in  Turkey red.
It will print out 8". Print it at 150% to fit a 15" block.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Continuous Line Quilting a Hexagon


Brighton Church Windows

I love handwork and I've been hand piecing and quilting this tessellated long hexie quilt for a year or two. Above the choice of blue or black William Morris print for a border.

I went with the black print

Compton from my latest Morris line Morris Earthly Paradise

This is why I don't have a good picture of it yet.
Dottie keep getting in the way.
But it is finished.

I usually quilt around each hexagon in the traditional fashion.

Here's Pyracantha from my Morris Modernized line a few years ago.
I stitched around each hexagon, skipping under so I didn't have to keep
knotting and starting a new line.

Spatial relations are not my skill area. 


It wasn't until the last three or four rows of quilting this one that I realized you can do a continuous line quilting if you quilt it in horizontal rows. Eureka!


First you quilt a continuous line across the top of each,
skipping under the seam line if you like.

Then you go back and quilt a line down one side, the bottom and up the other side.
Skip under the seams between hexagons (a small skip) and go to the next one, going down the side.

This would work on equilateral hexagons too.
And with machine quilting.

It doesn't matter what order you do the lines in. Sides or top first.

Why this took me so long to figure out---well, I said I wasn't good a spatial relations.
I'm encouraged to quilt some of the other hexagons in the stack.

Morris Hexagons from 5" squares.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Winter to Summer 2017

Grab a friend and go!

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Winter to Summer 2017

Alabama, Montgomery

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts.
Through April 16, 2017.
http://mmfa.org/exhibitions/sewn-together-two-centuries-of-alabama-quilts/

Illinois, Chicago

DuSable Museum of African American History. Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar.
Through February 28, 2017.
In 2018 the show will be at the Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/

Indiana, Bloomington
Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. March 2-4 2017. 
Local shows include quilts from the collection at the Wylie House Museum and  Dolls and Their Quilts up all of March at the Farmer House Museum.
Quilt historian and folklorist Teri Klaussen will speak:“Polk’s Fancy: A Southern Indiana Quilt Pattern of the Mexican War Era” Friday, March 3, 2:00pm. 

Kansas, Lawrence
National African-American Quilt Convention. July 12-15, 2017. Local shows may include antique quilts.



Kentucky,  Bowling Green
Elizabeth Richardson Quilt Gallery, Kentucky Museum. Backward & Forward: 20th Century Quilts.
Through March 5, 2017.
http://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/exhibits/exhibits.php

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum. New Quilts from an Old Favorite & Antique Flying Geese
March 31 – June 20, 2017
Finalists and winners from the annual competition are showcased along with traditional examples featuring the theme of the Flying Geese piecework.


Quilt Week is April 25-29. The Rotary Antique Quilt Show theme is Variations.

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum. Gilding the Lily: Embroidery in Quilts ​Past and Present. August 31 - December 30
http://nequiltmuseum.org/exhibitionsevents.html


Minnesota, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Cut from the Same Cloth: American Quilts at Mia. 14 quilts from the collection.
Through March 19, 2017.
http://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/cut-from-the-same-cloth-american-quilts-at-mia/

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum/Quilt House.
Nebraska Quilts. Through April 8, 2017

Bill Volckening Polyester Collection
May 26 - August 27, 2017
http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/

The second annual Intensive Quilt Study Weekend at Quilt House is planned for August 10-12, 2017. Topic: When Quilts Speak. A look at the inscribed quilts in the collection.
http://www.museumquilttours.com/

Joes Meester tells us her early Dutch family quilt
will be shown at the Fries Museum

The Netherlands, Leeuwarden
Fries Museum. Chintz, Cotton in Bloom. Perhaps readers in the Netherlands can tell us more about this exhibit. March 11- September 10, 2017

Pennsylvania, Doylestown
Mercer Museum. The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History, traveling exhibit from the Great Lakes Quilt Center. May 13 - August 13, 2017.


Pennsylvania, Harleysville
Mennonite Heritage Center. A Riot of Color: Quilts from the Community. Thirty colorful quilts from the Mennonite communities of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Through March 2, 2017.
http://mhep.org/exhibits/

Rhode Island, Kingston
The New England Regional Quilt Study Group is meeting April 8, 2017 at the University of Rhode Island. Speakers: Drs. Margaret OrdoƱez and Dr. Linda Welters. Program: Materials from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island. 
https://www.facebook.com/nequiltstudy/

Tiger Lily by Bertha Stenge, 1940

Texas, Round Top
Briscoe Center. Winedale Historical Complex. Comfort and Glory is the annual quilt exhibition. Thirteen quilt treasures from the Winedale Quilt Collection.
February 13—25, 2017http://dev.cah.utexas.edu/news/press_release.php?press=press_winedale_quilts_2017


U.K. Cheltenham, England
Cheltenham Town Hall. Quilty Pleasures: tours of the Wilson Art Gallery quilt collection.
Three hour-long tours on March 11, 2017
http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/quilty-pleasures-168155/

U.K. Torquay, England
The Quilters Guild holds its 38th annual conference 31 March - 2 April 2017.
http://www.quiltersguild.org.uk/about/conference-agm

Vermont, Essex Junction
Vermont Quilt Festival. June 23-25, 2017


Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum. 
Two Golden Ages of Applique. Curated by Debby Cooney. Explores various forms of textile applique in two different eras: 1840-1870 and 1920-1940.
Treasures From the Vault: Wool for Winter, curated by Gloria Comstock.Open February 21, 2017
http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibits/


Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. A Century of African-American Quilts features twelve quilts from the collection dating from 1875. Through January, 2018.
https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/rockefeller-museum/century-of-quilts/

In conjunction with the exhibit Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home, 1700-1820, a conference is scheduled for March 26 - 28, 2017.
http://www.cvent.com/events/printed-fashions-textiles-for-clothing-and-the-home/event-summary-cf13f005b41d415e861abce1869909fa.aspx

Washington DC

DAR Museum. An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion after the Revolution considers how Americans fashioned a new identity through costume.Fifty manikins in twelve period room explore clothing from 1780 to 1825. Through April 29, 2017.

March 25, 2017,  An Agreeable Symposium in conjunction with the fashion exhibit.

Wisconsin, Cedarburg
Wisconsin Quilt Museum. Hexagon Quilts from the collection.Through April 30, 2017.



Wisconsin, Wausau
Wisconsin History Center. Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story. Through May, 2017.