Harrison Rose


Quilt Index Record: 4F-88-109

Administrative Fields

InstProjNameF003a
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
InstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
InstInvContrNumF004
tqs_0048

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Daughter of quiltmaker
Quilt owner
Other
SourceOtherF006a
This quilt was identified and reviewed during the Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association's Texas Quilt Search, 1983-1985. Karey Bresenhan served as quilt historian.
DateDataF006b
1983-1985
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited
IfOtherF007d
The quiltmaker was the mother of the present owner of this quilt.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OwnerNameF010
Harrison Rose
OverallWidthF12a
74 in.
OverallLengthF012b
85 in.
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Gold
Green
Pink
White
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
DamageF016
Discoloration or dyes ran
Stains
Tears or holes
RepairsF017
Tear or hole sewn together
RepairHistF018
In 1985, as part of the preparations for the “Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836-1936” exhibit in the Texas Capitol Rotunda, the Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association sponsored a Quilt Conservation Seminar. Part of the seminar was a two-day intensive hands-on laboratory attended by quilt experts who stabilized, backed, or otherwise prepared the quilts, including this one, for this exhibition.
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
FamDateF023c
1898-1900
OtherExDateF023d
1895-1900
OtherDateF023e
Karey Bresenhan
DateInfoF023f
Karey believes quilt top was pieced and appliqued at one time and then quilted and bound later, probably after 1900 because of the use of an unusual large floral printed backing fabric which resembles cretonne.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
16
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Separated by cornerstones or connecting blocks sashing (different fabric in intersection)
Separated by inner only sashing (no sashing along outer edge of outer blocks)
Separated by pieced pattern sashing
OtherSpaceF029a
blocks set straight but Harrison Rose motif set on point
NumBlockPatF030
1
BlockStyleF030a
Squares
NumBordersF033
2
BordDescF034
double border of gold and red strips at quilt bottom; double border of gold and green strips at quilt top; no borders at sides

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No
PaperF038i
no

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
OtherFabF040a
resembles cretonne
ColorBackingF040b
Pink
DescBackF043
Print
Same fabric used throughout

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
cotton
ThrColorF049b
white
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Outline
Other
DesignF052b
Other
DesignF052c
Other
DesignF052d
Six five-pointed Texas stars surround each rose in each block; one five-pointed star in each rose colored block as sashing junctions.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Vivid quilt featuring curved-seam piecing and applique. The actual flowers are pieced; each bloom consists of 33 pieces before the stem and leaves are added--altogether the roses account for some 500 pieces. Flowers are combined in a tri-color gridwork with rose squares at each intersection. Note that orientation of inner red, gold, and white petals changes randomly and that two of the rosebuds feature different colors: one is yellow and one is pink--all others are rose.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Dickerson, Almeda Bell
QuiltedByF055
Dickerson, Almeda Bell

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Brookeland
ProvCountyF057b
Sabine
ProvStateF057d
Texas (TX)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
Almeda Bell was born in Sabine County, Texas in 1880. She married in 1901 and had her first child in 1902. The present owner of the quilt, Rebecca Doris Dickerson Radde, believes her mother made this quilt between 1898 and 1900, but possibly finished it as late as 1908. She notes "My mother always had it. I was the only child to live to be grown. So it became mine."
QuiltHistF059
The quiltmaker was related to five of the families who were early settlers in the East Texas area now located within a 25 mile radius of the present location of Sam Rayburn Dam. The Dickersons moved to Texas in 1840 and the Bell family came in 1854. These two families, as well as Letneys, Lowes, and Magees, settled in San Augustine, Sabine, Jasper, Newton, and Nacogdoches counties. Almeda Dickerson attended "all the small schools available and wanted to go to Sam Houston Teachers Normal at Huntsville." Family members apparently objected, but Almeda nonetheless took examinations and received a teaching certificate for the second grade. She taught one year before she married. Her mother taught her to knit and sew. From about sixteen years old she made clothing. Almeda also embroidered and crocheted some examples of her work survive in the family.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Art or personal expression
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Public domain/traditional pattern

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
One of 62 Texas quilts exhibited in “Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836-1936,” Texas State Capitol Rotunda, Austin, Texas, April 19-21, 1986.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Rebecca Doris Dickerson Radde
OwnerStateF086
Texas (TX)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
SourceInfoF088b
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association's Texas Quilt Search Archives
DateObtainedF088c
1983-1985

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, Vol. I, 1836-1936 (Austin: University of Texas Press), p. 118-119.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Bell, Almeda
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
05/16/1880
MarriageF099b
1901
DeathF100
11/20/1965
OccupationF104
teacher for 1 year, homemaker
BirthplaceCityF098a
Sabine
BirthplaceStateF098b
Texas
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
EnviroF104c
Rural

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
Dickerson, [unknown]
NoChildF116
several
NoFemF116a
1

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

LearnedToQuiltF117
From Relative
WhenQuiltF118
Age 11-19

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives

Image Information

InvenNumF075
tqs_0048.jpg
ImageConF075a
whole quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
positive/transparency
DateF079
1984
CE
photocredit079a1
Sharon Risedorph
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Assistant Director Winedale
CreditLineF080b
Winedale
CopyRestF080c
Winedale P.O. Box 11 Round Top, TX 78954 (979) 278-3530

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
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Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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Adams, Katherine J.
dateverified
8
30
2007
CE

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