Posted on 03-02-2015
Filed Under (On This Day in History Quilt) by amymilne

On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Before he started writing children’s books Geisel created artwork for a very successful whimsical ad campaign for Flit insecticide.

 

This quilt (detail view), titled “There’s a Bug in My Computer,” was made by celebrated quiltmaker Helen Kelley in 1978. The caption, “Quick, Henry — The Flit!” is hand quilted into the top, referencing the slogan for Geisel’s popular ads.

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Posted on 02-16-2015

Weary of the winter weather? I hope this parade of Presidential quilts will cheer you up on this Presidents Day! These quilts were made between 1917 and 2000 in Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Redwork Presidents Top By: Conway, Mr. & Mrs. Period: 1901-1929 Date: 00-00-1917 Contributor: Arizona Quilt Documentation Project

 

Presidents Top By: Poston, Irene Period: 1976-1999 Date: 1984 Location Made: Fairdale, Kentucky (KY) USA Project Name: Kentucky Quilt Project Contributor: University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

 

Presidents’ Profiles Top By: Ferrell, Hazel B. Quilted By: Ferrell, Hazel B. Period: 1976-1999 Date: 1974 Location Made: Meddlebourn, West Virginia (WV) Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

 

The Presidents Pattern Names: None Top By: Hoyt, Melba Quilted By: Hoyt, Melba Date: 2000 Location Made: United States Project Name: Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project Contributor: Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Tech University

 

Presidents Quilt Pattern Names: President’s Quilt Top By: Adams, Mary Quilted By: Adams, Mary Period: 2000-2025 Date: 2009 Location Made: St. Peter, Minnesota (MN) United States Project Name: Minnesota Quilt Project Contributor: Minnesota Quilters Inc.

 

Unknown, President’s Silhouettes Applique Quilter Group: Greene County Home Extension Group Period: 1950-1975 Date: 1974 Location Made: Snow Hill, North Carolina (NC) United States Project Name: North Carolina Quilt Project Contributor: North Carolina Museum of History

 

BiCentennial Presidents Commercial Sources: Good Housekeeping Pillow kit and original center block Top By: Tippin, Loma Viola Quilted By: Tippin, Loma Viola Period: 1976-1999 Date: 11/1975 Location Made: Harrison, Michigan (MI) Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

 

Our Presidents, Flag Quilt/ Original Top By: Mielke, Martha Period: 1930-1949 Date: 1930s Location Made: Unknown Project Name: MassQuilts Contributor: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project – MassQuilts

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The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is one of forty museums who have contributed quilt records to The Quilt Index as part of the Michigan Quilt Project (see a complete list here with links to quilts in each collection).

Included in the Henry Ford permanent collection are thirteen quilts made by Susan McCord (1829-1909), “…an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making.”

McCord’s quilts range in style from crazy quilts to an intricate hexagon mosaic to an original design of thirteen hand appliqued strips of vines. This text is included in all of McCord’s quilt records:

McCord, like other thrifty housewives of the era, sewed her quilts from fabric she had on hand, mostly clothing scraps. Her everyday life was filled with household and farm chores; her “scraps” of leisure time were filled with masterful quilt making. Susan and her husband Green McCord farmed an eighty-acre farm in McCordsville, Indiana. Here Susan McCord kept house, brought up her children, sewed clothing for her family, knitted accessories, practiced homeopathic medicine, read her bible through each year, participated in sewing bees, gardened, took care of the cows and chickens–and found time to make at least thirteen extraordinary bed quilts. McCord used traditional materials, techniques and patterns—but her considerable skill at manipulating fabric, color and design turned the traditional into something exceptional. McCord’s bed coverings stand as the extraordinary legacy of an otherwise little-known Indiana farmwife.

McCord Vine Quilt Top By: McCord, Susan Noakes Quilted By: McCord, Susan Noakes Period: 1876-1900 Date: 1880-1890 Location Made: McCordsville, Indiana (IN) United States Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

Detail of McCord Vine Quilt

 

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Weathervane is one of more than 200 Browse by Pattern categories users can select to Cruise & Use the Quilt Index. Here are four of the 22 Weathervane quilts that I browsed.

My favorite (today): this machine pieced and hand quilted pink beauty by Ethel Tew of Lake Odessa, Michigan in 1945. The quilt was documented in 2005 as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

Browse the Weathervane quilts documented in the Quilt Index today to find your favorite.

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Posted on 02-09-2015

Today’s quest to Cruise & Use the Quilt Index took me to the Browse by Pattern Page where I chose Melon Patch. Initially my browse returned this happy grid view:

Then I narrowed down my search by selecting a few quilts to compare.

Enjoy these two beauties and seek out the others for a little taste of summer on this cloudy (in Appalachia at least) Monday.

Melon Patch Pattern Names: Flower Petals Top By: Unknown, Maker Period: 1876-1900 Date: c1900 Location Made: United States Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

 

Unknown, Melon Patch Friendship Quilter Group: Women of Baptist Church in Bridgeton Period: 1930-1949 Date: 1930 Location Made: Bridgeton, North Carolina (NC) United States Project Name: North Carolina Quilt Project Contributor: North Carolina Museum of History

 

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Did you know that you can search The Quilt Index by Fabric Fiber, Fabric Type and Fabric Pattern?

Combining one of these fields with one or more of the 19 other fields (Pattern Name, Period, State Made, Predominant Colors to name a few) will allow you to narrow your search or take you down a customized browsing path.

I searched State Made: Illinois and Fabric Fiber: Polyester! The search returned nine quilts and I selected three to compare clicking on the Compare box under each quilt and then clicked on the Compare Now link at the top of the page. The resulting view allows me to see the three quilts side-by-side. I can even click on individual quilt images to enlarge and move around the  page.

 

Enjoy this Poly Parade and try your own Search by Fabric today!

Pinwheel Pattern Names: The Whirling Pinwheel Top By: Horvat, Nancy Quilted By: Horvat, Nancy Period: 1950-1975 Date: 1970 Location Made: East St. Louis, Illinois (IL) United States Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

 

Log Cabin Top By: Pagel, Emma; Pagel, Elsie; Pagel, Hedwig Period: 1950-1975 Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States Contributor: Wisconsin Quilt History Project

 

Land of Lincoln, Illinois Map Top By: Graves, Norma Period: 1976-1999 Date: 1976 Location Made: Marshall, Illinois (IL) USA Contributor: Illinois State Museum

 

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A Thousand Pyramids is one of more than 200 patterns that you can access through the Browse by Pattern feature in The Quilt Index. Here’s a fun video showcasing a handful of these stunning quilts.

Watch and enjoy and then visit the Browse by Pattern page to start your own self-guided tour of The Quilt Index today.

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Posted on 02-02-2015
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by amymilne

Just what the doctor ordered to light up your week—a half dozen Morning Stars spanning two centuries and six states. Enjoy!

 

Broken Star, Star of Bethlehem, Blazing Star Top By: Schrock, Amanda Mast Period: 1930-1949 Date: c. 1935 Location Made: Arthur, Illinois (IL) USA Contributor: Illinois State Museum

 

Star of Bethlehem variation Top By: Brooks, Mrs. Mary (Nancy?) Bird Period: 1800-1849 Date: c. 1813 Location Made: Kentucky (KY) USA Project Name: Kentucky Quilt Project Contributor: University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

 

Star of Bethlehem Top By: Maker, unknown Period: 1800-1849 Date: 1825-1850 Location Made: Unknown Project Name: MassQuilts Contributor: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project – MassQuilts

 

Broken Star; Blazing Star; Diadem Star; Star of Bethlehem Top By: Foster, Nellie M. Period: 1930-1949 Date: 1935 Location Made: Nebraska (NE) USA Project Name: Nebraska Quilt Project (Lincoln Quilters Guild) Contributor: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

 

Lone Star Pattern Names: An Aesthetic Quilt, Star of the East, Star of Bethlehem, Blazing Star, Rising Star, Pride of Texas, Star of Stars, Rising Sun, Overall Star Pattern Top By: Mayborn, Bessie Estella Jackson Quilted By: Mayborn, Bessie Estella Jackson Period: 1901-1929 Date: 1925 Location Made: Laramie, Wyoming (WY) United States Project Name: Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc. Contributor: Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc.

 

Lone Star Pattern Names: Star of Bethlehem; eight-pointed star; Gwyer Family Quilt Top By: Gwyer, Sarah Hall Period: 1850-1875 Date: ca. 1860 Location Made: New York (NY) USA Project Name: Permanent Collection Contributor: DAR Museum

You can Browse more Morning Start quilts in The Quilt Index here. Watch a video tutorial on using the Browse by Pattern feature in The Quilt Index here:

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Posted on 01-29-2015
Filed Under (Cruise & Use the Quilt Index, Education, Patterns) by amymilne

The Quilt Index website currently contains more than 62,000 records of quilts, quilt-related ephemera, and quilt journals. This free-to-all online resource is a treasure trove for anyone who loves quilts, but finding a way to use and enjoy this massive repository can be daunting. To help our users, especially those new to the website, we have started a video series called Cruise & Use. This set of short videos will offer steps and tips for browsing and searching the Index as well as how-to’s for using tools and resources on the site.

Did you know that you can compare and contrast multiple quilts on one page? Have you tried the Zoom tool to see a quilt in closer detail? In the most recent Cruise & Use video we’ll show you how navigate your own private tour of New York Beauty quilts documented in the Index by using the Browse by Pattern feature.

Watch this 2-minute video and give us your feedback here or via email!

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Posted on 01-26-2015
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by amymilne

With a blizzard on its way to the Northeast, here are a few snowstorm-themed quilts to keep you warm. Click on each quilt to view it in The Quilt Index and to find out the full story!

Log cabin, scrap, pineapple quilt by an Unknown quiltmaker.

 

 

“Neon Blizzard” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

“Holstein Heifer in a Snowstorm” by Sally (officially Zelda) Wolff.

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