The delightful Miss Sandy from Quill Cottage is hosting an “I remember Laura” Blog~A~Thon. If any of you are Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, this month long event is not to be missed. Over the entire month of June there will be an art swap consisting of four different projects. Each Monday will introduce a week long feature of a special “Little House” memory.
Patterns were invented by everyday quilt makers and spread via friends, family and quilting bees. Quilt pattern books can be found as early as 1835, but became more common in the 1850’s. Catalogs such as Sears and Wards offered patterns for a dime when cloth was purchased from their company.
A favorite type of antique quilt is the album quilt which originated in Baltimore, Maryland. The album quilt contains pictorial images representing either the quilter or the intended recipients life. The quilt below was made to celebrate the 21st birthday of David Crowl between 1845~1848 by David’s female relatives.
Another favorite is the Victorian Crazy Quilt. This quilt’s popularity occurred between 1876 ~1910. It originated from the asymmetrical oriental art that was featured and adored at the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876. The crazy quilt was actually meticulously planned out using the finest silks, satins, velvets and brocades. Additions of embroidery and and other stitching styles added to the intricate designs. Those of less means created crazy quilts using cotton calico’s, wool and any fabric they could get their hands on.
Today, prized quilts are still bring created. Quilts such as Hawaiian, Tivaevae, and Ralli, as well as quilts made by the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama and the Amish are highly sought after by collectors.