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Pattern Names: Texas Bluebonnet
Top By: Caudill, Grace Bowman Simpson
Quilted By: Caudill, Grace Bowman Simpson
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1981
Location Made: Houston and Greensboro, Texas (TX) United States
Project Name: Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
Contributor: Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
ID Number: tqs_0106
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 108 in. x 108 in.
Fabrics: Cotton, Muslin
Colors: Blue or Navy, White
Construction: Hand Piecing, Fusible Applique, Embroidery, Each bluebonnet block contains 39 tiny pieces that form the petals of the bluebonnets and its realistic leaves. Stems and leaf details are embroidered. Perfect applique buttonhole stitches are so tiny and close that no raw edges show between stitches.
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Artwork/wall hanging
Other Notes: Mrs. Caudill began this quilt while living in Houston, Harris County, Texas; she quilted it in 1981 after moving to Greensboro, North Carolina. , Mrs. Caudill--Grace Simpson )the name by which she is known in the quilt world) has designed at least eighteen patterns, which she lists in her "Quilts Beautiful" book. The include Yellow Rose of Texas, Bluest Day, and Tal Heel Daisy. , Mrs. Simpson (Caudill) considered herself a professionl quilter and supported herself largely through her quilt-related teaching, lectures, custom quilts, pattern sales, and her book "Quilts Beautiful."
Related Items/Publications: Grace Simpson, Quilts Beautiful: Their Stories and How to Make Them (Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing Co., 1981); Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936-1986, Vol. II (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990), p. 112-113.
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