The Quilt Itself…

… and I saw it with my own eyes —  it’s the “Mary Simon Quilt” at the DAR Museum.  The following was the best picture I could come up with without the glass case reflecting my camera flash.  I am sorry you have to turn your head ever so slightly to fully let the beauty of this quilt soak in…

You can read more about the quilt and the making of the block patterns by the Baltimore Applique Society here.  The pattern is still available, and may be purchased from the DAR Museum here.  Of course I bought my own set of patterns.  Even though I am chomping at the bit to start on it, only the spirit is willing at this point.  I keep telling myself, there is a time for everything…. there is a time for everything…

So, I am curious to know what all are in your quilty bucket list.  I said “are” because I assumed you would have more than one item in that particular bucket list… ;)

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back tomorrow – I will be sharing with you a Christmas project.  Christmas??!!!!

Quilts from Storage at DAR Museum, Part 4

One of the quilts I was able to view at the DAR Museum’s Quilts from Storage program was the Thomas Sykes Quilt.  If you like sampler and album quilts, this quilt is for you!

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Reading through the Quilt Index description, I am a bit curious as to why the blocks all finished at 12.5″ x 13.5″, and not squared at 12.5″ x 12.5″ or 13.5″ x 13.5″.  That wasn’t brought up during the program, and at the time the  blocks all looked squared up to me!  I wasn’t quite concerned about whether the blocks were squared up when I saw the quilt in person because I was mainly captivated by the beautiful printed fabrics incorporated in the blocks!

These are my two favorite blocks.  That miniature Lone Star is just astounding – remember, all those pieces have to fit in a 12.5″ x 13.5″ block!

Somerset Patchwork and Quilting of Australia has a pattern reproducing the Thomas Sykes quilt, sans the mini Lone Star block.

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I would love to hear from you if you have reproduced the Sykes quilt.

I hope you have enjoy the Thomas Sykes quilt!  Happy Monday, dear Friends!

Click here, here, and here for my past DAR quilt posts.

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.

Quilt from Storage at DAR Museum, Part 2

I shared a little with you a couple of weeks ago I had attended the Quilts from Storage special program at the DAR Museum.  I think my favorite quilt from all the quilts being shown is the Sunburst Quilt by Elizabeth Ann Darst Bierce (1818-1901).

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I shall just let the close-up pictures I took of this quilt do the talking:

I am absolutely inspired by this quilt.  Aren’t you?  You can read more about the quilt in the book Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum.  You may email the DAR Museum shop at to purchase the book by mail.

Incidentally, Elizabeth Ann’s Mom’s quilt also received a feature in the book!  It’s wonderful that both Mom and daughter were honored for their “generational” and tangible legacy  through their quilts.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day.

Addendum (6/15/2012) –  Note from Ms. Alden O’Brien, Curator of Textiles at DAR: “Elizabeth Ann Darst made the quilt for her wedding. Now many quilts are assumed to have been made as part of a trousseau or “for her wedding,” but this one did very specifically come down in the family with that tradition. Her wedding was in 1841 so she would have been working on it 1840-41.