Texas Bluebonnet quilt-detail


Quilt Index Record: 4F-88-18E

Administrative Fields

InstProjNameF003a
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
InstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
InstInvContrNumF004
tqs_0106

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Quiltmaker
Quilt owner
Other
SourceOtherF006a
This quilt was documented during the Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association's Phase II of the Texas Quilt Search, 1986-1989. Karey Bresenhan served as quilt historian. Ms. Bresenhan also owns this quilt.
DateDataF006b
1986-1989
RelnQuiltF007
Quiltmaker
Quilt owner
IfQmakerF007a
Made entire quilt
Other
IfQownerF007b
Made the quilt
Other
PartDesF007c
Designed quilt motif
Designed the pattern
IfOtherF007d
Karey Bresenhan received this quilt from its maker, Grace Simpson Caudill.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Texas Bluebonnet quilt-detail
OwnerNameF010
Texas Bluebonnet
OverallWidthF12a
108 in.
OverallLengthF012b
108 in.
ShapeEdgeF013
Scalloped
ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
White
OverallColorF14b
Two color
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
DateQuiltF023
1976-1999
DateFinishF023b
1981
FamDateF023c
1981

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
SubjQuiltF025
Texas bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas
NumBlockF026
39 complete blocks with applique; 6 plain half blocks
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side
OtherSpaceF029a
plain half blocks at top and bottom betwen appliqued blocks
NumBlockPatF030
2
BlockStyleF030a
Hexagons
NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
deep, quilted scalloped border on four sides

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Muslin
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Fusible Applique
EmbellTechF038f
Yes
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
UniqueF038h
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.
PaperF038i
no

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
White
DescBackF043
Same fabric used throughout
Solid/plain

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
NumStitchedF050
10
NumStitchF051
12
DesignF052d
Quilting pattern was marked by "laying off" the design, i.e. tracing each element with a long sharp needle or a hat pin and then quilting before the indentation had time to fade. Quilting includes small swirling curlicues, delicate rosettes and leaves, and feathering at border that perfectly rounds the corners.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Karey Bresenhan calls this quilt "the work of a master quilter."

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Caudill, Grace Bowman Simpson
QuiltedByF055
Caudill, Grace Bowman Simpson

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Houston and Greensboro
ProvCountyF057b
Harris
ProvStateF057d
Texas (TX)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
Karey Bresenhan acquired this quilt as a gift from its maker in appreciation for editing Mrs. Caudill's manuscript for her "Quilts Beautiful: Their Stories and How to Make Them" (1981), which she published under the name Grace Simpson, by which she is known in the quilting world.
QuiltHistF059
Mrs. Caudill began this quilt while living in Houston, Harris County, Texas; she quilted it in 1981 after moving to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Art or personal expression
QDesignF060b
Artwork/wall hanging
PresUseF062
Bedding, special occasion
Exhibit
Keepsake/memento
Study or teaching aid

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
AddNotesF066
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.

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
“Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936-1986,” 16th Annual International Quilt Festival, November, 1990, Houston, Texas.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Karey Bresenhan
OwnerStateF086
Texas (TX)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
SourceInfoF088b
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association's Texas Quilt Search records
DateObtainedF088c
1986

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
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.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Bowman, Grace
GenderF098
Female
DeathF100
1989
EdBkgdF102
attended Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College
OccupationF104
quilt lecturer, teacher, pattern sales, making custon quilts
BirthplaceStateF098b
Kentucky
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
Simpson, [unknown]
Caudill, Ed
OccupationF115
college professor
NoChildF116
2
NoFemF116a
2

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

LearnedToQuiltF117
From Relative
Self-Taught
WhenQuiltF118
Under 10 years of age
WhyQuiltF119
Gifts
Income
Pleasure
OtherF119a
Grace Simpson notes in her book "Quilts Beautiful: Their Stories and How to Make Them," p. viii, "By no stretch of the imagination could ever a 'livin' soul,' except another quilter, understand the delight, enjoyment, and pleasure that hanging over a quilting frame can bring and how quilting can transform an otherwise loving wife and mother into someone totally oblivious to all mundane and earthly distractions, such as dusty furniture, unmade beds, yelling kids, or hungry husbands!"

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
yes
TeachF129
yes
FavesF130
Mrs. Simpson (Caudill) has designed many of her own patterns, some of which are based on state symbol motifs (Texas Bluebonnet, Yellow Rose of Texas).
AddNotesF132
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."

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Simpson, Grace, "Quilts Beautiful: their Stories and How to Make Them" (Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing Co., 1981); Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives

Image Information

InvenNumF075
tqs_0106a.jpg
ImageConF075a
close-up of quilt's corner
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
positive/transparency
DateF079
1988
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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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
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2008
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