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Research & How To > Period Crafts > Quilting


Quilting the 2000-2001 AGSAS Quilt, Shaker Village, KY 2000

Finally finished! Virginia Quilt Museum Living History, Harrisonburg, VA 2001

Working on the next quilt, Camp Curtin / National CW Museum Living History, Harrisburg PA, 20002. This is an applique quilt, modeled on an 1857 original from the Shenandoah Valley.

Original CW era wool challis quilt made by an ancestress of Laurie Brown.

Well known ca. 1840's folk art painting of a quilting party, based on a published engraving of the era.

AGSAS has made two period-style quilts which we have raffled off for battlefield preservation, raising a total of over $2000. The first was a classic nine patch and the second was a hexagonal paper template "mosaic" quilt, one of the oldest forms of quilting. Both were made from reproduction calicos and woven homespun scraps. We are presently working on a third quilt, which is an applique quilt modeled on an 1857 original at Belle Grove, which uses solid color cottons in the classic combination of green, turkey red and cheddar yellow. We learned applique techniques from Catherine Thornton at a workshop she kindly hosted at Rachel's Quilt Patch, where she works in Staunton.

General History of Quilts:

Quilts and the Civil War:

19th Century Quilts from Virginia & Surrounding States:

Quilting How-To

Bibilography: Quilts & Quilting

Related Topic:

American Coverlets & their Weavers: Coverlets from the Collection of Foster and Muriel McCarl (Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series)

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