Monday, April 12, 2010

Wool Quilts from the Past

A new exhibit opened Saturday at our museum in town. When I heard it was called "A Tradition in Wool", I got pretty excited thinking there might be some antique wool quilts included! Mr. Squash and I decided it would be a nice Sunday activity and off we went!

Sure enough, there was plenty to see. Sheep and the wool they produced were a major part of our area of SE Washington State during the 19th century. I wasn't allowed to use my flash, so you might want to click on the photos for a better look.

The Crazy Quilt below was made by Mary Jane McCaw Erwin for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in 1893. William and Sarah Ann McCaw, married April 17, 1844. There must be a testament to good living here as it was unusual for people to live long enough in the 19th century to make it to a 50th wedding anniversary!
Below is a close-up of some of the detail work!
This next quilt has been called, Beggars Blocks, Roman Squares, Colt’s Corral or Modern Blocks. The materials used are mostly wool suit fabrics. Alice Robertson and Carrie Mosier made this in 1907. I think this was my favorite in the exhibit!

This is a wool coverlet that from a distance almost looked like Sashiko work, but it was woven.
Mr. Squash really liked the wool suit hanging over my favorite quilt! The detail work is marvelous, and for it's age - 1885 - has survived quite well!
Finally, this crazy quilt below isn't very pretty, but the maker carded the wool herself before sewing it!

18 comments:

Stephanie said...

I think rather or not you love wool these quilts are fantastic. I've always been amazed at the work in crazy quilts!

Bia Cardeal said...

I'd love to visit this exhibition of quilts! But I live so far away! I live in Brazil!
Regards,

Bia Cardeal
Brazil

Darlene said...

Wow, what a delightful exhibit.

Barb said...

Wonderful quilts...

Carrie P. said...

Such a neat exhibit. I really like the log cabin quilt.

pratima said...

The colors are so rich and warm. And the details are really amazing!
Thank you for these wonderful pictures, Candace :)

Quilt Hollow said...

The quilts are stunning! How fun to have this exhibit so close to home! I'm glad you shared. (ps....I'm getting Oliso for M'sDay)

Melanie said...

What a great exhibition. Thanks for sharing Candace.

Mary said...

Thanks for the museum tour. I'm so glad my sewing machine makes all those fancy stitches!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Candace for the lovely clear shots of the quilts. It is always amazing to me to see how bright the colors have remained on many of them whilst our newer recent versions already show fading from the bright light or sun. Especially blue! Sounds like a fun day to me...Louise

AnnieO said...

Wonderful to see the mix of old wool quilts with the old wool clothing! What a great outing. Thanks for sharing.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love old stuff like this. It is fun to see the past in fabric.

Libby said...

What a delicious display - it must have just been fabulous to see them in person!

Kaaren said...

Fantastic display of wool quilts.

I have a coverlet that is very similar that I won at a country auction a couple of years ago. It weighs a ton but it is sure warm on those cold winter nights.

Ulla said...

Interesting exhibition! I love both quilts. Just imagine how heavy and warm they must be.

*karendianne. said...

Candace this is so completely cool!!! Thanks for sharing this one. I'd put a big star by this post for certain. I'm intrigued by them all but I think the 50th wedding anniversary in 1893 got my attention teh most. Especially because, as you point out, it wasn't common to live so long back then. AGAIN, HOW DANG COOL!!!

Four Star Friendly Hugs, *karendianne.

Karen said...

What fun. How neat to see the quilts but also the other pieces. I have an old wool comforter that belongs in the "not pretty" category but I'm sure it kept someone warm many nights! Thanks for sharing with us.

Sonnja said...

Beautiful quilts!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn
Bear from the Netherlands