Rochester Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Quilt
Rochester, New York
Signature Quilt Project
Description: The red and white pieced quilt with fan blocks with an American Flag in the center. The border is pieced with the blades of the fans. Outline stitched in each of the blocks are what appear to be a series of 1900 store names and Rochester businesses along with dozens of names of people. This was done mainly with blue thread with a few highlights in red.
Faith, Hope, Charity “Our Field”
Rochester Railway Company complete with a trolley
Sen-Sen (which are breath mints that were developed here by TB Dunn and Company a perfume dealer)
Standard Sewing Machine (None better!)
Higgins (with the design of horse with wings Pegasus)
JW Martin & Bros. (sold Pianos and Organs on State Street?)
Bings Bird Store
*Bicycle & watch is pictured
Brewster, Crittenden and Riley (Butter and eggs)
Sibley, Lindsay & Gurr Company
O’Grady & McAnarnsy Fidelity Bond
A shoe depicted with the title “One of Qualtrough’s spring styles”
Whipples House Furnishing Establishment
Pegas (?) Vehicle Company on East Avenue (lists both Automobiles and Bicycles)
More on Lucy Barrett (a quilt by her–pictured below–is the subject of today’s trivia question on the Quilt Index Facebook page): Lucy was quite a spitfire. According to family stories the night the Yankees came they went into the parlor and found a vase on the mantlepiece, with a little confederate flag in it. The soldier claimed the flag was a war trophy. Lucy said, “Here’s the flag” and waived it over his head, which infuriated him )”he was probably three sheets to the wind”). Lucy was 16 at the time. He tried to shoot her but was hustled out by other soldiers. He came back several times to do the dirty deed. Lucy was then sent to a Seminary in South Carolina for her own protection. South Carolina was chosen because of family connections. At the seminary Lucy learned to clean her plate-there wasn’t much food and what you left was re-served to you at the next meal. Lucy’s father was in the battle of Vicksburg, was captured and “paroled.” He came home and slept on the front porch to protect the women.
Tobacco Flag Quilt
Chris Brumbaugh’s Great Grandmother
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
One of the original 101 quilts donated by Eugenia Mitchell of Golden, CO, to start the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
Tobacco Flag Quilt; predominant colors: red, yellow, green, blue with rose colored twill cotton backing fabric. Made up of varying sized tobacco premiums.
The Colorado Quilt Council, in documenting this quilt, described tobacco flags as “premiums given to tobacco users circa 1915 or earlier.” These premiums generally used as the subject flags from countries around the world. Many quiltmakers collected the flags and made quilts from them. The flags in this quilt are embroidered together to form the quilt top. The quilt includes twelve flags at 11′” x 18″, fifty-nine flags at 5 1/4″ x 8″, and twenty-four Indian designs. The accession records on the Tobacco Flag Quilt include a sample of a reproduction flannel fabric of the premiums, provided in 1996 to the museum by Mrs. Billie Dyer, who purchased the fabric from the R & R Quilt Shop in Amarillo, Texas.
The fabric includes the following description on the selvedge: “During the early 1900’s until about 1925, flannel flags were offered as a premium in cigar boxes. The flags were from all of the nations at that time. quilters liked to collect the flags, and sew them into quilts, mostly joined and tied, rather than quilted. We hope you enjoy the flags, and make a historical quilt for your heirs. Judy Rothermel.”
Ownership/History: Made from tobacco premiums in 1915 by Barbara Brumbaugh’s grandmother for her first grand child before birth. Tobacco flags were premiums in cigar boxes offered to tobacco users c. 1915 or earlier. RMQM founder Eugenia Mitchell bought the quilt in the late 1960’s. Reportedly, the owner had to sell it for grocery money ($60.00). Barbara Brumbaugh was married to the sheriff of Idaho Springs, CO. Eugenia Mitchell may have purchased the quilt from Chris Brumbaugh. LocMade: unknown
Octagon Pillow Cover
New England Quilt Museum
Notes: husband Frank probably collected the silks when he worked at the Glen Forest Amusement Part on the Merrimack River in Methuen as head of concessions in the late 1890s.
MSU Museum collection
According to donor, Mr. Adolph Easter, a lawyer from Chicago, bought the boxes of cigars. His daughter Gladys collected the individual pieces and sewed them together into the quilt top. The patterns on the flannel pieces include country flags, Native American design, flowers and butterflies. The quilt top is in good condition with some stains and spots where the colors have run.
Cigar Ribbon Quilt
Louise Peabody Marvin Reed
Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey
Quilt has carefully placed red with blue sashing and trimmed with orange, yellow, red, blue and green ribbons. This quilt is made of cigar labels (silk) and trimmed with 6″ lengths of ribbon ending in hand crocheted rings. There is one ribbon commemorating President Roosevelt (1900 – 1908). The sayings are humorous.
Two quilts by Harvey Thatcher: