Friday, May 20, 2011

Silk Log Cabin Quilt


Harriet Rutter Eagleson of New York City started this quilt in 1874, the year she married. It was given to the American Folk Art Museum in 1979 by her daughter Jessica Eagleson when Jessica was 99 years old.


Helen is memorizing this quilt because she has one like it on her bucket list. Like most quilters, she and I have very long bucket lists so I hope we all live as long as Jessica.


This quilt was made from silk and cotton. The border is dark red velvet.



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13 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

I think I've just added this one to my bucket list too! I wonder if it was made on a foundation. Seems like that might be helpful for the silk.

Nedra said...

I've always wanted to make a Log Cabin quilt, although I don't want to use silks. Love the contrasts between the lights and the darks.

Poppyprint said...

Incredible. It is in such wonderful condition. I think it is unusual that a quilt of that era was made so small. I haven't seen many 'wall hangings' from the turn of the previous century.

susiloci said...

Que hermosa colcha!!!

Jackie said...

My bucket list is quite long too! Hmmm... love this one in the silks. Might just be another addition to the list.

June Calender said...

The traditional quilts really stand up to time. Such strong design and the materials are so beautiful. I haven't thought in terms of bucket lists but now I'm going to make myself one -- it may be dauntingly long.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I have to get up to see this half of the show... thanks for showing us! gotta love silk!

Kim said...

Nothing sparkles like silk.....it is lovely. How wide do you remember those "logs" being? Honestly I've never seen a log cabin quilt that I didn't lust after. I've made a few for gifts, now I need to make one for me :0). Oh yes, so many quilts so little time :0).

Happy Sewing

QuiltSwissy said...

Yop, bucket list worthy!

glen

PatSloan said...

someday i need to work in silk.. yes I do!

Sue said...

Beautiful! It's really quite amazing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an amazing quilt! I love to see these older quilts. We have so many tools and helps for our sewing and quilting. All they had was needle, thread, scissors and fabric.

Stephanie said...

A wonderful addition to your bucket list.