I promised you more shots of the quilts that were on exhibit in Chicago from the Illinois State Museum collection. They let me take photos but the gallery was dim and I was not allowed to use a flash. Also, I was very excited, so I may have been trembling a little, thereby shaking the camera just a bit, LOL.
Rose of Sharon variation (1862)
Hard to see but the pink is a very small check fabric and the stems are embroidered. So sweet up close.
Star Variation (1865)
Nice to see more pink checks in a Civil War era quilt. Nice touch with the brown and the green. I'll have to remember to add some to mine.
The following quilts were all made by Mary Elizabeth Byrod of Halifax, Pennsylvania, as part of her dowry. According to the placard, Pennsylvania dowry descriptions reveal a tradition of seven to ten quilts included in a woman's dowry. We typically think of the number 13 for dowry quilts - twelve plus one that is considered a "bride's quilt." In the 1880s, Mary's daughter Catherine moved to Illinois where the quilts found a new home and were eventually donated to the museum.
Peony and Feather quilt (1855-1862)
Broken Wheel variation (1855-1862)
Oak Leaf quilt (1855-1862). At first glance, from across the room, I thought this quilt looked a little dull.
Wrong! Just beautiful up close.
Yes, that's a small pink print used in the binding. Love it! The note said that the fringe is either handmade or purchased, but is original to the quilt.
Hmmmm, so I'm thinking - Some of you are making 12 small quilts along with me this year. Maybe we should add a thirteenth quilt in January to complete the "dowry." What do you think?