This past week I went on vacation with my other half. Our first vacation together….he did all the driving. But have no fear, he did come back in one piece, it was a little iffy every now and then, especially when we were driving through Atlanta, but we made it! GRRR!
We went on a little weeks vacation to Charleston, SC and Savannah, Ga. just to bum around the cities and have a nice get a way in warmer weather. We made our first stop at the Charleston History Museum. We walked around a bit and then wondered into the the Textiles Room, which should be called THE QUILT ROOM. I turn the corner and this is what I am greeted with…
A small, quaint and very beautiful display of antique quilts! These were absolutely stunning quilts. Needless to say I turned around to Phil and said, “I’m in heaven, you can go sit down if you would like, I’m going to be here for a bit.” He came around with me and asked questions about the making of them, and I explained some of the techniques to him. He seemed genuinely interested in it all…..he’s learning slowly but surely. Here are just a few of the ones that I personally enjoyed the most.
The hanging quit was called Caesar’s Crown or Full Blown Tulip c. 1850 by Betty Jones Watson of Ridge Spring, SC. While the one on the chair is from an Unknown designer, created sometime in the late 19th Century. Alternating with white squares, the “Turkey Tracks” are created with curved shapes of red, green and striped fabric. Apparently and I did not know this, but this pattern was more commonly known as Wandering Foot, however the quilt myth says that this name became associated with young men leaving home and was then quickly changed to Turkey Tracks.
The quilt above was called Mosaic Star, and was created by Clara Perry Jones of Ridge Spring, SC around 1830, although the border was most likely added around the 1870’s. This quilt contains hundreds of 5/8″ hexagons!
I am hoping that you can see the writing on the hexagons in the bottom 2 pictures. That features that back of the quilt where the quilter Virginia Mikell Hay used paper templates made out of printed booklet papers, there is on in there dated 1842!
Here is another fantastic quilt that they had there which you can see the papers a little better. They also had templates that were made out of pieces of metal that were used to help the quilter make the paper templates. They do not know the exact person that started this quilt but believe it was Susan Boone DeSaussure Kersaw of Charleston sometime in the late 19th Century. I LOVE how they used what they had around to make their templates from……what do you think they would think about all the ready made templates that we purchase?
There were way too many good ones to go into depth about, I just picked a few of my favorites. Here are a few more quilts that were in the display area. All were fascinating and I think I was in that little area longer that I was the whole museum, it was absolutely breath taking to see them all there.
I’ll post more pictures of our vacation but I think this section of our vacation needs to have a post all on its own! I hope you all have a beautiful week!