Love Apple


Quilt Index Record: 4F-88-C6

Administrative Fields

InstProjNameF003a
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
InstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
InstInvContrNumF004
tqs_0005

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Blood relative 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 maternal grandmother of the present owner of this quilt.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OwnerNameF010
Love Apple
AltNameF011
Pomegranate
OverallWidthF12a
98 in.
OverallLengthF012b
82 1/2
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded
PredomColorsF014
Green
Red
White
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Very good/almost new
DamageF016
Stains
OtherDamageF016a
one light stain
RepairHistF018
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
Date
Signature
ContInscripF020
A. J. S. Perrin 1849 [9 is embroidered backwards in inscription]
DateInscripF020a
1849
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
on back
DateQuiltF023
1800-1849
FamDateF023c
1849
OtherExDateF023d
1849
OtherDateF023e
Karey Bresenhan

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
16 single blossom blocks
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side
NumBlockPatF030
1
BlockStyleF030a
Squares
NumBordersF033
1 quilted border
BordDescF034
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 construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Broadcloth
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No

Quilt back materials and construction

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

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch

Quilt batting

BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)
UniqueBattF048b
very thin batting

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
cotton
ThrColorF049b
white
DesignF052a
Clamshell
DesignF052b
Feathering
Other
DesignF052c
Other
DesignF052d
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 observations

FeaturesF053
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.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Perrin, Ambrosia Jane Smith
QuiltedByF055
Perrin, Ambrosia Jane Smith

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Chillicothe
ProvStateF057d
Missouri (MO)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
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 uses

ReasonsF060
Wedding
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
AddNotesF066
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 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
Sprecher, Kathryn Simms
OwnerStateF086
Texas (TX)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
SourceInfoF088b
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search records
DateObtainedF088c
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: 1986), p. 32-33.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Smith, Ambrosia Jane
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
05/05/1832
MarriageF099b
1849
DeathF100
03/05/1916
BirthplaceStateF098b
Missouri
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States

Quiltmaker address

StateF107
Texas (TX)
CountryF108
United States

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
Perrin, Cary Allen
NoChildF116
9

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

WhenQuiltF118
Age 11-19

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives

Image Information

InvenNumF075
tqs_0005.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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18
2007
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