Quilt Index Record:
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt SearchInstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at AustinInstInvContrNumF004
Information source fieldsIdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmaker
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
The quiltmaker was the maternal grandmother of the present owner of this quilt.
Overall Quilt DescriptionTypeObjF008
98 in. OverallLengthF012b
82 1/2 ShapeEdgeF013
Bright or primary colorsOverCondF015
Very good/almost newDamageF016
one light stainRepairHistF018
Karey Bresenhan described the quilt's condition as "pristine." 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. TypeInscripF019
A. J. S. Perrin 1849
[9 is embroidered backwards in inscription]DateInscripF020a
Quilt top descriptionLayFormatF024
16 single blossom blocksArrangeBlockF028
Side by sideNumBlockPatF030
1 quilted borderBordDescF034
Elaborate border of appliqued small-scale Love Apples perfectly planned to turn the corners without a break. No applique border at top.
Quilt top materials and constructionFiberTypesF035
Quilt back materials and constructionFabFiberTypesF040
Same fabric used throughout
less than a half inch
Thin (Less than 3/16?)UniqueBattF048b
very thin batting
Quilted with single hearts and double hearts, which form a butterfly with heart-shaped wings, as well as with leaves from plants. The quiltmaker has also quilted a small pair of embroidery scissors in the bottom border just above the third flower from the left center.
Quilt notes and observationsFeaturesF053
The quiltmaker has added extra leaves around each flower to reflect more accurately the way a Love Apple or tomato blossom is surrounded by greenery. The quilt is very flat, which showcases the extraordinary quilting.
Perrin, Ambrosia Jane SmithQuiltedByF055
Perrin, Ambrosia Jane Smith
The owner of this quilt, Kathryn Simms Sprecher, is the maternal granddaughter of quiltmaker Ambrosia Jane Smith Perrin 1832-1916). Ambrosia made this quilt at age seventeen as her wedding quilt. One of her daughters inherited the quilt, then passed it on to her own daughter, owner Kathryn Sprecher. QuiltHistF059
This quilt was made by Ambrosia Jame Smith, age seventeen, just before her marriage. According to family history, her fiance drafted the pattern for Ambrosia's quilt and also drew the quilting patterns. Ambrosia Smith married Cary Allen Perrin in Missouri in 1849; the couple moved to Texas in 1898, settling first in Dallas, then Waco. The current quilt owner states that her grandmother made clothing and was an accomplished embroiderer. Kathryn Sprecher owns some of her grandmother's embroidery work and her sewing apron.
Quilt purposes usesReasonsF060
Bedding, special occasionPresUseF062
Quilt design and materials sourcesSourceMatF063
This quilt was made by Ambrosia Jame Smith, age seventeen, just before her marriage. According to family history, her fiancee drafted the pattern for Ambrosia's quilt and also drew the quilting patterns.
Exhibition history of quiltExhibitListF067a
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 infoOwnershipF082
Sprecher, Kathryn SimmsOwnerStateF086
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search recordsDateObtainedF088c
Other source materials available for this quiltRelItemsF088a
Bresenhan, Karoline Patterson and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, Vol. I, 1836-1936 (Austin: University of Texas Press: 1986), p. 32-33.
Quiltmaker personal informationMaidenF097b
Smith, Ambrosia JaneGenderF098
Quiltmaker Family historySpouseF113
Perrin, Cary AllenNoChildF116
Quiltmaker personal quilting historyWhenQuiltF118
Other source materials available for quiltmakerOtherSourceMat
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives
Assistant Director WinedaleCreditLineF080b
P.O. Box 11
Round Top, TX 78954
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