Ami's SOA Civil War Quilts: Era, Commemorative, Inspired


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Thanks Chellers. Functional art, the quilt. Hand quilting seems to be a dying art, and to find the old ones like those you have presented are real treasures.
My pleasure, Lnwlf. I like your description, "functional art." The hours, weeks, months required for hand piecing and hand quilting are what makes the heart and soul of a quilt. Treasures, to be sure.
 

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They are treasures. My cousin makes quilts for special occasions. She just finished one for her daughter's new baby. She does them for wedding gifts, birthdays and anniversaries. They are real treasures. It takes her weeks and weeks but a really special present for one receiving one.

The quilts you posted are beautiful. Thanks.
 

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Thanks tons, chellers! We keep posting this kind of thing here and there without cohesiveness- nice to see a thread. :nerd: That emoticon means it makes an awful lot of common sense and thank you! :smile: That one also means thank you, only with a smile.

I'm going to PM a member here whose lineage includes a quilt I won't shut up about, an original design for the Confederacy PLUS a story attached through the war, maybe deserves its own book. OH my gosh- maybe they should!!

This one is called The Reconciliation Quilt, it's in a thread somewhere, won't take up room by repeating. It's a theme in the makeup though .Lucinda Ward Honstain, resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artist.

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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/476255729317124768/

In the mid 1800s the introduction of the sewing machine somewhat altered the dependence on hand-sewing. Long before electricity became common, quilters could power a sewing machine with a foot treadle or hand crank. The invention of a separate quilting attachment for the sewing machine by Henry Davis of Chicago did not seem to be widely used; hand quilting remained the favored method for nearly a century.

http://www.quilting-in-america.com/History-of-Quilts.html
 

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Mary E. Carswell

Grand Army Quilt
1885
19th Century
84 in. x 84 in. (213.36 cm x 213.36 cm)
silk, satin, velvet

Commentary: "The material used in this quilt has a "war record" and was contributed by friends from both North and South" (notes from the file).

http://www.mattatuckcollections.org/Obj6199$5
 

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Thanks tons, chellers! We keep posting this kind of thing here and there without cohesiveness- nice to see a thread. :nerd: That emoticon means it makes an awful lot of common sense and thank you! :smile: That one also means thank you, only with a smile.

I'm going to PM a member here whose lineage includes a quilt I won't shut up about, an original design for the Confederacy PLUS a story attached through the war, maybe deserves its own book. OH my gosh- maybe they should!!

This one is called The Reconciliation Quilt, it's in a thread somewhere, won't take up room by repeating. It's a theme in the makeup though .Lucinda Ward Honstain, resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artist.

View attachment 35421
"Reconciliation Quilt" is currently part of a traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War,
and on display at the New York Historical Society, New York City, until August 24, 2014.

https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/homefront-battlefield-quilts-context-civil-war

Future destinations include Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, September 20, 2014 – January 1, 2015; and the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE, February 1, - June 30, 2015.

http://www.athm.org/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/exhibition_homefront_battlefield.php
 

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Secession Quilt

Made by Mrs. Green McPhearson
White County, Arkansas. 1861.
Cotton
85.5” x 97”
Gift of Florence C. Spore

A Circular pattern of nine stars in each corner represents Arkansas as the ninth state to secede from the Union. There is trapunto work in the white stars of this quilt.

http://www.historicarkansas.org/collections/quilts.aspx?id=70
 

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That's not only beautiful, it's in astonishing condition for how old it it, no? Whites generally become yellow as heck through time, somehow this was either spared or the experts went to work on it. LOVE to know how that would have been done ( if that's what transpired ) so close to blue and red, ruining neither.

The other thing which occurs to me is that you'd have to know it's a Confederacy themed quilt, or would assume otherwise? The red/white/blue thing seems to have been mostly Federal, except for those who would have stopped to count the stars. That is in no way me being critical, it's me being confused.
 

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