Thursday, June 10, 2010

Antique Quilts in Manhattan

ARTIST UNKNOWN, Appliquéd cotton, hand-quilted, 105" x 104". Historic Costume and Textile Museum Department of Apparel, Textile, and Interior Design College of Human Ecology Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. 1992.13.1, gift of Catherine Gardner.

Pieces of Time: Quilts from K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum will be on display through the summer at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

For more information about the exhibit featuring 17 quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries click here:

The flag quilt above was found in an old trunk purchased at an auction by Robert Weir around 1940. Weir gave the quilt top to his sister, Mary Catherine Weir Gardner, of Topeka. She then had it quilted. Enola Gish, the Quilt Lady, discovered it and showed it at the Maple Leaf Festival. It was then featured on the cover of Quilters Newsletter in July/August, 1985.  Gardner’s estate donated the quilt to K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum in 1992. The Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum recently funded the conservation of the quilt.

Curator Marla Day said that the quilt might have been started in Maryland as its eagle motifs bear a strong resemblance to examples produced in Baltimore between 1840-1850.

Karla Menaugh interpreted the antique quilt for a wall quilt called Liberty's Eagle.

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