Monday, March 9, 2015

My holy grail? Nearly!


What do I like most in an antique quilt?  Turkey red fabric, applique, great quilting, half square triangles, fleur-de-lis, excellent craftsmanship?  Yes, yes, and yes some more.  But most of all, I like a quilt that gives me a glimpse into the interpersonal relationships among individuals who shared sentiments of family and friendship.  Today, I got one!  The picture is not fantastic but I just couldn't wait until I had daylight and an opportunity to "stage the shot" to share this new friend.


I've already started looking up the names on the quilt - there are names for both men and women - and so far had the best luck with the surname Shindel.  There is no date I can find on the quilt.  But, thanks to Google and Ancestry.com, I believe this quilt comes from Lebanon, Pennsylvania and is true to the c. 1850 date given to it by the seller.  I am anxiously waiting for any more information that might come from the original owner.  It was a family quilt and I hope I can find out which family.  It might give me a clue as to the quilt's purpose (other than to please the heck out of me).


There is a total of 25 names inked onto the center circles of the fleur-de-lis motifs.  Happily, all are still dark and clear even if not very easy to decipher the handwriting.  There are only four different Turkey reds used (at least I think - I only gave it one fairly quick look) and the border almost perfectly alternates two of those fabrics used in the applique motifs.  Not absolutely perfectly - they get out of order a little.



I particularly like the double line quilting ON the applique.  It's not echo quilting in the background but a perfectly stitched line along the edge of the fleur-de-lis and then again about 1/8" inside the outer line.  It looks great on the back of the quilt.  The rest of the block is quilted in a fairly ordinary grid.


This is a photo of the full quilt taken by the seller.  I think you can see why I like it so much!

14 comments:

  1. A stunning quilt and made all the more interesting with the signatures on the quilt. Good luck with your research!

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  2. Wow! What a great quilt! The applique is fabulous and those fabrics--wonderful.:)

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  3. It is wonderful!! What an exciting purchase. I love those Turkey red prints - the one with the half filled in suns and the one with the blue - just marvelous! The names just make it so much more interesting :0) What a lovely applique motif and I love the cable quilting in the border as well. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Wow, what a find - I can see why you are so excited, it is beautiful and amazng to see the signatures so intact! Good luck with tracing its history.

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  5. Wow, this quilt is fabulous! Love the reds and the signatures!

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  6. So lucky! This looks amazing!

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  7. Wow! The quilt is spectacular. Hope you find out more about it .

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  8. Wow! What a lovely quilt and the fabric is amazing!

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  9. This quilt is really beautiful !

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  10. How delightful! The quilt is beautiful and what a great find. I'm so glad it's in a home that can really appreciate it.

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  11. Have fun with your search, what a lovely quilt. That print you showed was fabulous, I love the turkey reds as well

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  12. How excited you must be - it is a stunning quilt with as of yet undiscovered history - know you will be researching for more! Something caught my eye in one of the red fabrics - it is identical to a turkey red fabric in my recently acquired Star of Bethlehem. I also felt that zeroed in on the mid 1800's. Plus I just did a lttle presentation for our quilt history study group on chrome oranges and yellows. Those bright spots of lemony yellow in the turkey red fall into that era also.

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  13. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous! It looks to be in very good condition. What an incredible find! Congrats!

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