Descendant of Elizabeth Ann Darst Bierce writes…

… the following:

“I’m delighted that the quilt was featured in the exhibition, and that you found it so inspirational – Elizabeth Ann Darst was my 3xgreat-grandmother, and the quilt passed down to my cousin Jenny Holden, who donated it to the DAR. The quilt also mentioned in the book which was made by Elizabeth’s mother, Martha (Harness) Darst, passed down to my aunt Constance Hart Wulfman, and I had the pleasure of seeing both “in the flesh” several times, and seeing them on display when they were featured in the DAR’s “NewThreads” exhibition in 2007-2008. I was also privileged to accompany my aunt when she presented the Martha Darst quilt to the DAR. It was a hard decision for both my cousin and my aunt to part with the quilts, but I know that they will be thrilled to learn that they are bringing such pleasure to so many people. Thanks for your kind words on our family treasures!”

I was working away when I received Deborah’s comment about the Elizabeth Ann Darst Bierce’s quilt that I had shared with you in this post.  I had chills reading about Deborah’s very personal connection to this beloved quilt, now part of DAR‘s permanent collection.  What precious information Deborah just shared with us, and what precious legacy quilters can leave and bless the generations to come.

A huge thankful to Deborah’s aunt and cousin for their generosity to share such treasures with us!

Just remember parts of you live on through generations in the quilts you make!  WOW!  What a thought… I just had my light bulb moment of the day.  Now I would love to hear about any quilts you might have that have been lovingly made by an ancestor (or ancestors) in your family.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely day.  I have an under-the-weather Miss Baby to sweeten up today in addition to trying to get a quilt completed.  Think of and pray for us, would you?


Quilts from Storage at DAR Museum, Part 3

I was struck by the beauty of this log cabin quilt when I was at DAR for their Quilts from Storage program.  I shall let the next few photos do the talking.  The colors, as well as the workmanship, are simply exceptional!  You may read the specifics on this quilt here.

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I was thrilled and impressed by the fact that the vibrant colors of the fabric actually preserved through the years, considering the fact the quilt dates back to the late 19th century.

I don’t believe the quiltmaker was identified.  The textile curator at DAR shared that something like this quilt was likely used as a parlor decorative piece due to the fact that the quilt was made with silk and velvet.  That made sense to me considering the tassels added to the corners of the quilt.

I really admire the quiltmaker for her brilliant sense of colors, creativity in using braided cording and tassels to finish the quilt!

Now, I would like to know if you have used exotic fabrics other than cotton to construct a quilt.  I am generally a 100% person.  I have used a cotton/silk blend a little in the past.  But after seeing this DAR Log Cabin quilt, I am wondering just what exotic fabrics quilters might sometimes use for their quilts.  One more thing, have you ever added braided cords to finish your quilts?

Thanks for stopping by!  I need to run – Miss Baby is being too quiet in another room.  I need to go investigate. :)

p.s.  Click here, and here for my previous DAR quilt posts.