Mexican Rose


Quilt Index Record: 4F-88-FE

Administrative Fields

InstProjNameF003a
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association, Texas Quilt Search
InstNameF003
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
InstInvContrNumF004
tqs_0041

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 great granddaughter of the quilt's maker.

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OwnerNameF010
Mexican Rose
AltNameF011
Rose of Sharon
OverallWidthF12a
92 in.
OverallLengthF012b
94 in.
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded
PredomColorsF014
Gold
Green
Red
White
OverallColorF14b
Bright or primary colors
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
DamageF016
Disintegration of fabric
Fading
Stains
Tears or holes
Wear to edge or binding
OtherDamageF016a
reds are showing beginnings of deterioration; greens are beginning to fade
RepairsF017
Patched with period fabrics
Tear or hole sewn together
RepairHistF018
Small muslin patch on top binding. 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
1867
OtherExDateF023d
ca. 1890
OtherDateF023e
Karey Bresenhan
DateInfoF023f
Family history suggests that quilt maker made this quilt for her daughter, who was born in 1867.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
16
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side
NumBlockPatF030
1
BlockStyleF030a
Same block throughout
NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
red and green swags, with scalloped edge, joined with hearts

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Muslin
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
EmbellTechF038f
No
PaperF038i
no

Quilt back materials and construction

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

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Cotton
UniqueBindF045a
narrow cotton binding with careful repairs
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
1/2 in.
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid/crosshatch
Outline
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
1/2 in. cross hatch quilting in background; outline quilting of applique; 4 rows of outline quilting on upper swag border

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Mexican Rose pattern appears ca. 1842. Superb applique, including delicate scallops on swags, which gracefully turn the corner, and curved petals and leaves. Narrow dark green binding. A formal, planned quilt that has had several careful early repairs on narrow green binding.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Armstrong, Mary Ann Elizabeth Myers

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Coleman
ProvCountyF057b
Coleman
ProvStateF057d
Texas (TX)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
This quilt was handed down in the family from the quilt maker to her daughter, Mary Dora Armstrong Bourland, the grandmother, and also a quilter, of the present owner.
QuiltHistF059
There is no consensus about when or where this quilt was made. The family believes it was made ca. 1867 and brought to Texas when the quilt maker and her family settled in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas. Karey Bresenhan, who reviewed this quilt in 1985, suggests it was made ca. 1890, which means it was made in Coleman.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Gift or presentation
QDesignF060b
Bedding, special occasion
PresUseF062
Bedding, special occasion
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
OthSourceF063a
either purchased new or saved specifically for this quilt
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
Ruth Evelyn Keith Latimer
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, 1836-1936,” Vol. I, 1836-1936 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986), pp. 104-105.

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Myers, Mary Ann Elizabeth
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
1832
DeathF100
1909
OccupationF104
homemaker
BirthplaceStateF098b
Mississippi
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
Armstrong, [inknown]
NoFemF116a
1

Other source materials available for quiltmaker

OtherSourceMat
Texas Sesquicentennial Quilt Association’s Texas Quilt Search Archives

Image Information

InvenNumF075
tqs_0041.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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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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21
2007
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