Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pioneer Quilts

September is my favorite month - I can't believe we're already at the end!  It's been a gorgeous one, so I won't complain. I've got a sick boy this week and as a result I'm feeling a little thrown out my rhythm. I have nothing new to share today so I thought I would post some pictures I took last month as we wrapped up our summer. 
These pictures come from a place called This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. (It's called that because it's at the mouth of the canyon where Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake valley in 1847 and said "this is the place" where they would stay and build a city.) 

The village consists of mostly-original structures relocated to recreate an early pioneer western settlement -think Mormon-pioneer version of Old Sturbridge Village or Williamsburg. I've shared pictures from here before. 
This time I had a little bit of time to run in the Utah Quilt Guild museum and catch a glimpse of their display of pioneer-era quilts. Quilts from this era are among my favorites- especially because of their resourceful, scrappy coolness.
This is an irish-chain pattern made from squares about 3/8 of an inch big. Some wear and tear, but still incredible. I don't think I've ever seen a quilt with smaller pieces.

Tiny hexagons and tiny flying geese.
 This signature quilt was made about 1885 in Illinois and Tennessee and has the signatures of Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Who knew they were quilters??
This Star of David quilt made in the 1880's was my favorite. I loved the colors and the pattern  It would be fun to make this same pattern in a more contemporary color scheme too.
Log cabin made by Ellen Dougherty in 1870 in Illinois. Look at the pieced borders on this one. I've never seen something like it.
Another beauty: Rose of Sharon probably made in the 1850's in amazingly good condition.
And there you go. 
And now, a moment of silence for the end of September. :(

21 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like a cool place to visit, and I was grinning when I got the the 100+ year old text print quilt ;o)

Lori Holt said...

I love this post Amy. I have taken pictures of these same quilts along with others as I have visited the park many times!
I'm like you...I love the heritage of our pioneers and I am always proud and amazed when I see all of the beautiful things that they were able to make with very little recourses....I have always admired thier ingenuity:)
I agree...the Star of David would be awesome to make!

Cutie and Company Quilts said...

Thanks for sharing these UH.MA.ZING. quilts! I am constantly inspired by the quilters who have come before. Our craft has deep, deep roots. xo :)

trish said...

Thank you so much for sharing Amy. The heart and souls of those individuals are so inspiring. You are so fortunate to be able to experience so much quilting treasures. I could spend hours in a place like that.
I hope your son feels better real soon. Love ya. Trish

bethanndodd said...

Thank you for sharing these photos. The quilts pictured are truly amazing. I love that rose of Sharon quilt (we have a rose of Sharon tree in our front yard that is blooming beautifully right now). Hope you little guy feels better soon!
Smiles-Beth

miss jamee said...

thank you for sharing! i dont get out much.

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing the Pioneer quilts. I wish I had one of the 2,381 piece Ocean wave quilts my 3rd Great Grandmother made. I read she made 8 of them.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Wow, a lot of those quilts could pass for "new" quilts with their colors/designs.

Jenny said...

October is my favorite month, so hooray for me. :-) I really love when you feature these old quilts. The one that struck me most is in the middle of the first pic. The really graphic one with tons of red and a splash of mustard and green.

madebymum said...

What wonderful photos Amy and such an interesting place.

Michele said...

Wow. Those antique quilts just blow me away. I can imagine seeing them im person was even better. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos.

petra said...

Wow - this are so wonderful quilts! The irish chain is amazing. The Stars of David too... Thanks for sharing this pics with us.
I wish you a wonderful week!

Missy Shay said...

Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed seeing the old quilts!

Sharon said...

Those quilts are amazing. I didn't know that exhibit was there, I will have to go see it

Happy Me said...

Thank you for sharing your photos! Those quilts are amazing!!

Isisjem said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great place to visit. Those quilts are amazing!

Thimbleanna said...

Ah, September, how we loved thee. So sad it's gone already. Should we start to panic yet? Those quilts are gorgeous. Especially that Irish Chain. And we should do that Star of David as a block a ... well, week for you. Month for me. You'll have yours done early next year and I'll have mine done...when I'm dead! ;-D

mjb said...

Beautiful quilts:) Thanks so much for this blog post!

amy smart said...

Those pioneers were amazing. Makes our 'stashes' seem a bit rediculous compared to what they worked with. And I think you should draft that Star of David pattern for us Lori. :) (In all your spare time...)

Nanette Merrill said...

Without a doubt the irish chain is my favorite. I just love patchwork.

Amy Rea said...

I love that log cabin quilt. I can't stop looking at it!