Museum of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington DC
This museum never ceases to amaze me. I have visited on at least 10 occasions over the years and each time I see new quilts hanging in the museum. I have to ask myself just how many amazing quilts do they have in their collection??
All of the quilts below were on display either in the sliding doors or in a special exhibition on American Folk Arts and Crafts. The information has been taken from the information boards plus my own notes.
?Crib Quilt c. 1870-1875
Possibly New England
|Woollen crib quilt|
|Close-up with border|
Measurement:- 43" x 49" - the size suggests a child's bed cover, but the wight (heavy) suggests that it may have been intended as a decorative textile which was coming into vogue in the last quarter of the 19th century.
Contruction:- Stylised oak springs and berries (also Hawthorn and Holly), appliqued and embroidered onto squares of alternating striped and solid coloured wool. Diamond shapped appliques in the corners visually connect the squares. Woolen stems (threads) are councehd down throughout and outline the leaves and diamonds. The borders are composed of red and pink roses (dogroses?).
Appliqued cradle top c.1860
|Close-up of BL cradle top|
|Close-up of scherenschnitte centre|
Made by member of Diehle family of Lanacaster County, Pennsylvania
Measurement:- 39" x 39.5"
Framed Medallion Quilt c.1800
Made by Aberilla Wood Skunk (1784 - 1852), probably of Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland
|Framed Medallion Quilt|
|Close-up of border - note pomegranate print|
This has to be my favourite quilt in the current exhibit.
Measurement:- 87" x 96"
Construction:- Centre spray of grape leaves from a printed leaf print surrounded by a vine wreath of rose buds, ivy leaves and berries creating a central medallion. Framed by pieced borders - sawtooth 3" (triangles have been appliqued) and delectable mountain design 9". Both grapes and pomegranates in border fabric are symbols of prosperity.
Quilt was probably made for Aberilla's trousseau. The quilt passed through the family to whomever was named Aberilla in each generation earning it the family name "the Aberilla quilt".
Red and Green applique quilt c.1850's
Made by Roseanna Ruggles Sloane of Smithville, Alaska
Measurement:- 75.5” x 101.5”
Evening Star c. no date (1870’s?)
Tulip Quilt c.1860's
Pomegranate Quilt c.1860's
|Close-up of Pomegranate Quilt|
Measurement:- 76" square
Fabrics:- plain turkey red, yellow with small red spots, lime green with red specks.
Construction:- 4 block quilt set on point
Quilting – right hand side of quilt quilted differently to left hand side with dahlia flowers at intersections.
Pomegranate Quilt c.1880
From Berkshire County, Pennsylvania
Measurement:- 86” square
Construction:- Pomegranates edged with purple and red blanket stitch which was added later as made of synthetic thread.
Applique Quilt c. 1865
|Close-up of rooster|
Made by Laura Whicher Adye (1801 - 1875) of Adyeville, Indiana this quilt composed of "stylised floral sprays and curious roosters" are set against a blue background which instantly gains your eye. Laura Whicher married Aner Adye in 1818 in Vermont. They moved first to New York but then in 1837 they moved to Perry Country, Indiana. Laura Adye dyed in Iowa in 1875, thirty years after her husband.
Pieced Quilt c.1940
|Close-up of bird block|
Possibly made by Blanche Ransom Coleman Parker (1884 - 1981) of Carroll County, Tennessee, this is the only African-American quilt in the DAR Museum collection. Whether Blanche made the quilt is unclear, but she owned it. Blanche Coleman was a skilled seamstress and devoted educator first in Tennessee and later in Missouri.