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.

[Image Source: Screen Shot from Somerset Patchwork and Quilting website]

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.


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 museumshop@dar.org 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.