Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Past Presence: Antique Quilts that Capture the Imagination

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum had an exhibit of antique quilts, 'Past Presence:  Antique Quilts that Capture the Imagination'  

The exhibit included art quilts, but I chose to feature the antique quilts here.  The antique quilts really deserved exhibit headlines.

The quilts are from the collection of Lorie Stubbs.  THANK YOU Lorie for so generously sharing your quilts.
"South Carolina Nine-Patch"
Maker Unknown
83" x 83"
c. 1875
Purchased in Summerville, South Carolina

My photo does not do the fabrics in the quilt justice. 
Here's a detail of one nine patch.
Fantastic isn't it?
Note the diagonal machine quilting.

This medallion was in a low light area to protect it.

"Printed Center Medallion Chintz"
Maker Unknown
93" x 97"
c. 1830
The quilt was purchased in Aspen, Colorado, but the style suggests it was likely made in North or South Carolina.

"Indiana Album Patch Inscribed Quilt"
64" x 77"

The block pattern is also known as Chimney Sweep.  The date September 7, 1892 is embroidered in several of the blocks.  
Names appear to be family names and related by marriage.  Most names are from Washington County, Indiana.
The quilt was purchased in Bloomington, Indiana.

Block detail.
Note the hand embroidery.

"Basket Quilt"
Maker Unknown
64" x 64"
c. 1870
This quilt was purchased in New York City.

Detail of the hand quilting between the baskets.


This pieced medallion was also in the low light area.

"Center Medallion Chintz"
Maker Unknown
92" x 92"
c. 1840

The maker is unknown, but likely American.
The quilt was purchased in Detroit, Michigan.

"Delectable Mountains with Swag Chintz Borders"
Maker Unknown
75" x 93" 
c. 1840
The quilt was purchased in Boston, Massachusetts.
The style suggests it was likely made in New England.
Left Border Detail

Pieced Block Detail
Pieced Block Detail

"Cesar's Crown Variation"
69" x 82"
c. 1870

The quilt was purchased in Aurora, New York.
It was made by the seller's great-great aunt.


"Nine Patch Variation"
Maker Unknown
69" x 79"
c. 1880

The block pattern is also known as Puss In The Corner.
A paper attached to the quilt back reads, "Elixa Caroline Lassels wedding dress."

I hope you enjoyed the antique quilts!
Thank you Lorie!


  1. I LOVED the antique quilts!! Thanks Dawn :0) I love your close shots to see the fabrics and the quilting. It looks like a wonderful exhibit - wish I could go in person! That is such a fun basket quilt with great feathers and I especially like the chimney sweep quilt with that deep, rich blue.

  2. Thanks, Dawn, for taking us on a trip to the museum! Lots of wonderful old designs I would love to make............if only I could spend more time Sewing! Never tire of looking at antique quilts!! What work was accomplished back in the day!!

  3. They are gorgeous quilts! Thanks for showing, so much inspiration!

  4. These are gorgeous! I love seeing antique quilts. They remain my favorite form of inspiration.:)

  5. Wonderful inspiration - thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh I DID enjoy...every one of them ! Those baskets are unusual ...love them! :)

  7. Oooh, love seeing these antique beauties! Thanks for sharing them.

  8. preciosos edredones!!
    gracias por tus fotos

  9. Thank you for the sharing these quilts. What a fabulous collection and show! I love them all.

  10. What a fabulous collection. I am especially drawn the the unusual basket quilt. Thanks for the pictures!

  11. Wow! They are all just fantastic! What a great collection - thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  12. What an awesome collection. I couldn't pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing should great photos.

  13. I like the nine patch quilt very much. I have been to Summerville, SC a few times. Nice antique shops and a good quilt shop.

  14. Thanks for taking the time to post pictures of all these lovely quilts.

  15. What an amazing collection of antique quilts!
    Each one is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thank you so much for sharing these photos of antique quilts. Love them and their fabrics are fantastic

  17. What a treat to look at these over breakfast! the fabrics are so beautiful in the close ups. Thanks so much :)

  18. Thank you for sharing the exhibit with us. Each one is so remarkable but the precision of the Delectable Mountains with that chintz border...oh my, the work and fabric choices - just gorgeous. Love the quilting in the basket quilt and the stunning medallion quilt.

  19. Thanks for sharing Lorie's collection. Love that Cesar's Crown variation.


Thanks for your comments!