Vase of Roses and Cherries


Quilt Index Record: 4F-88-EA

Administrative Fields

InstProjNameF003a
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
InstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
InstInvContrNumF004
tqs_0026

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 present owner of this quilt is the granddaughter of the quiltmaker.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OwnerNameF010
Vase of Roses and Cherries
AltNameF011
President's Wreath, Rose of Sharon, Wreath of Roses
OverallWidthF12a
84 in.
OverallLengthF012b
84 in.
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded
PredomColorsF014
Green
Orange
Pink
Red
White
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
DamageF016
Discoloration or dyes ran
Fold marks or creases
Stains
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.
TypeInscripF019
Date
Initials
ContInscripF020
JPD Sept 18 1876
MethodInscripF021
In the quilting
OtherMethodInscripF021a
quilted in
LocInscripF022
on block
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
DateFinishF023b
1876
FamDateF023c
1876
OtherExDateF023d
1876
OtherDateF023e
Karey Bresenhan
DateInfoF023f
inscription dated

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
6
SpacingF029
Side by side
OtherSpaceF029a
two pots with flower are thrust between each pair of floral wreaths
NumBlockPatF030
1
BlockStyleF030a
Squares
NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
thin trailing vine with buds and leaves, which turns corners

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Muslin
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
UniqueF038h
embroidery stitches create cherry stems
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
WidthF051a
1/4 in. or less in some places
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Double parallel lines
Grid/crosshatch
Triple parallel lines
DesignF052b
Wreaths
DesignF052d
Five-pointed stars quilted into the centers of elaborately quilted wreaths. The border is quilted with feathers that turn the corner. Most of quilting is double quilting. Heavily quilted, a tiny grid work flattens the surface behind the cherries and roses, and a curved center wreath is quilted in the center of the four circular motifs.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Original design and in some respects overdone--reviewer Karey Brsenhan wonders why the quilter crowded two extra pots, each with a single rose, between the large wreaths. Dark blue, rather than green, fabric is used for the center of two of the four large flowers. A six-pointed star is appliqued into the enter of every pot.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Davidson, Josie
QuiltedByF055
Davidson, Josie

Quilt provenance

ProvStateF057d
Virginia (VA)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
Josie Davidson came from Sweden as a young child. Little is known about her, though she may have been born in the 1840s or 1850s. This may be a wedding quilt. She apparently died one week after giving birth to a fifth son. Her husband, also from Sweden, was a farmer and started a sawmill in Gate City, Virginia. The family home was in an area called "Poor Valley," which is near the Tennessee-Virginia border. In 1905 the five sons, and presumably the quilt, came to Texas "to get rich laying track" for the railroad. The quilt has been handed down in the family to the present owner, a granddaughter of the quiltmaker.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Wedding
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Unknown
TopSourceF064
Original to maker
Public domain/traditional pattern
Traditional pattern variation

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
Ryan, Dixie Davidson
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. 74-75.

Quiltmaker personal information

GenderF098
Female
DeathF100
1898
OccupationF104
homemaker
BirthplaceCountryF098d
Sweden
EnviroF104c

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
Davidson, [unknown]
OccupationF115
farmer, sawmill owner
NoChildF116
5
NoMaleF116b
5

Quiltmaker personal quilting history

WhyQuiltF119
Gifts
Necessity
Pleasure

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives

Image Information

InvenNumF075
tqs_0026.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
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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Adams, Katherine J.
dateverified
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22
2007
CE

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