Vintage Quilts (1)

I’m incorporating historical quilts into Zazzle products for a store, quilts_etc, to go with Karen’s blog: Quilts…etc.  These are the first ones.

Harriet Powers - Pictorial quiltHarriet Powers – Pictorial Quilt 1898

Harriet Powers (October 29, 1837 – January 1, 1910) was an African-American slave, folk artist and quilt maker from rural Georgia. She used traditional appliqué techniques to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events on her quilts. Only two of her quilts have survived: Bible Quilt 1886 and Pictorial Quilt 1898. (Wikipedia)

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;
  • Cotton plain weave, pieced, appliqued, embroidered, and quilted
  • Height: 1,750 mm (68.9 in). Width: 2,667 mm (105 in).

4x5 originalHouse Medallion with Multiple Borders

Los Angeles County Museum of Art image

  • United States, circa 1880
  • Textiles; quilts
  • Pieced and quilted cotton
  • 78 1/2 x 78 1/2 in. (199.4 x 199.4 cm.)
  • American Quilt Research Center Acquisition Fund

Oak Leaf and Reel-edited

Presentation Quilt, ‘Oak Leaf and Reel’

Los Angeles County Museum of Art image

  • United States, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, 1845-1850
  • Textiles; quilts
  • Pieced and appliquéd cotton plain weave, with ink inscriptions
  • 103 1/2 x 102 3/4 in. (262.9 x 260.98 cm)
  • Gift of The Betty Horton Collection

5 comments… add one

  • I love the first one. When you think of the woman hours that goes into making any quilt, the are worth more than gold!
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    • Mike

      I agree. Karen does sell some, but not for anything near what her time making them is worth. And, from her quilt blogging world, there are some men out there who quilt, some quite accomplished.

  • Hi Mike .. what a great idea … I'm with GrannyMar: I love the first one .. but I so admire people who can spend hours creating a great work … but it must be so relaxing and then rewarding ..

    Cheers Hilary
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    • Mike

      Hi Hilary — It is very rewarding to Karen… and relaxing. It is to me, too, when one or two of her quilts keep us nice and toasty on these cold nights in a winter that is lasting way, way too long. She has a lot of people from all over the world reading her blog and it's interesting how many tell her that she "inspires" them. I know that's rewarding, too, but she is often bemused by it as all she's doing is her quilting and her blogging. I think what inspires others is that she continually makes progress, is willing to help others, is creative with her work and blogs conversationally on a very regular basis, rarely missing a day. People can follow her quilts as they go from design to completion.

  • I like the third one. because it is very similar to the cloth of batik in Indonesia with very high cultural value

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