Feb
29
Posted on 29-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This quilt appears to be made from Paragon Needlecraft  kit, Snowflake, 01001. Rose Marie Werner found an advertisement for a pink and white version of this quilt in McCall’s Needlework, Winter 1949-1950 and scanned the ad for her  Quilt Kit Identification web site.

Snowflake Sampler
Grace Bristow
Kalamazoo, Michigan
1950s
Michigan Quilt Project

Snowflake Sampler

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Feb
28
Posted on 28-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This pattern was documented by Rose Marie Werner on her excellent web site, Quilt Kit Identification. She has a photo of the pattern cover, but no other information on its source. Anyone know this one?

Snow, Flake
Margaret Conner Kean
1930
Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project

Snow, Flake

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Feb
27
Posted on 27-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

A few companies made patterns and/or kits for Snowflake quilts. Marie Webster, Modern Handcraft, Rainbow Block company, and Paragon are some of the producers, but this quilt does not appear to be any of those. Does anyone have any guesses?

Snowflake
Jessie Crooks
1930-1949
Connecticut Quilt Search Project

Snowflake

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Feb
24
Posted on 24-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

Quiltmakers Sharon Balai and Harriet Soong felt strongly that a flag quilt should be in the exhibition “To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions” as well as in the Native quilt collection at Michigan State University Museum. They surprised the MSU Museum with the gift of this quilt.

Hawaiian Flag
Sharon Balai and Harriet Soong
Hawaii
1997
Michigan State University Museum Collection

Hawaiian Flag

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Feb
23
Posted on 23-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This quilt was a joint effort between Harriet Soong and Chung Pring.

Beauty that is Mauna Kea
Harriet Soong & Chung Pring
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Michigan State University Museum Collection

Beauty that is Mauna Kea

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Feb
22
Posted on 22-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This Hawaiian Sampler was made by the Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea quilt group where Harriet Soong was a member.

Kapa Pahopoho
Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea group
Waimea, Hawaii
1997
Michigan State University Museum Collection
Other notes: The quilt features the following components: sugar cane (in the center), an inner cross of squares depicting flowers that grow well but are not medicinal, an inner cross of squares depicting food items that my be used as medicine, and outer border of squares showing plants used medicinally by some but also used as decorations or food.

Kapa Pahopoho

 

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Feb
21
Posted on 21-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This quilt by Harriet Soong was documented in Hawaii.

Mokihana and Maile Lei, Mokihana & Maile with Border
Harriet Soong
c1990
Koan, Hawaii
Hawaiian Quilt Research Project

Mokinana and Maile Lei

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Feb
20
Posted on 20-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

This week we’ll be celebrating the life of Harriet Momilani Kimseu Soong, an amazing quilter who passed away in January of 2012. Harriet brought Hawaiian crafts to the attention of others.  She taught quilting techniques and the stories of the patterns that became quilts. Her works are in the Smithsonian, the Michigan State University Museum and the Quilt Index.

Ke Kahi O Kai’ulani or The Comb of Ka’uilani
Harriet Momilani Kimesu Soong
1997
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Michigan State University Museum
Other Notes: The original quilt is a lavendar and white design commemorating Princess Ka’iulani (1875-1899), daughter of O’ahu Governor Archibald Cleghorn and Princess Miriam Likelike and niece to the last two reigning monarchs of Hawai’i, King kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. Quilt designs commemorating the ali’i or royal family, were expressions of aloha from the women quilting them. The design incorporates hair combs, crown and leis. The star motifs represent the eight main islands of Hawai’i.

The Comb of Ka'uilani

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Feb
17
Posted on 17-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

The quilter of this piece calls the quilt, Pride of West Virginia. I found no published versions of this under the Pride of West Virginia name.

Pride of West Virginia
Mary Virginia Corbin and Linnie Erie Vickers
1935
Elkview, West Virginia
West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search
Other Notes: Maker also made a green and white of same pattern and Shelley Moore, wife of Governor Moore, bought it. Included humility patches. Linne Erie Faber Vickers called this quilt Pride of West Virgnia. Her mother, Mary Virginia Corbin pieced the quilt around 1935 and Linnie quilted it. She gave it to her mother-in-law as a gift. It was later returned after her mother-in-law, Mary Alice Jarrett Vickers died in 1953.  Click on the quilt to learn more.

 

Pride of Wes Virginia

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Feb
16
Posted on 16-02-2012
Filed Under (Quilt of the Day) by Beth Donaldson

While searching the Quilt Index under the word “sawtooth”, this stunning medallion turned up. The border units are triangles with half square triangles or sawtooths on two sides.  This is very similar to the Barrister’s Blocks we saw last week. Make sure and click on the quilt to see the full story of this well documented masterpiece. And check out the zoom, the quilting is unbelievable!

Medallion
Amelia Heiskell Lauck
c1820
Winchester, Virginia
DAR Museum Permanent Collection

Medallion

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