Quilt Documentation

A beautiful Dutch Tulip appliquéd quilt made in the 1920’s which was documented today.

I brought in three quilts to be documented today into the Quilt Heritage Project of Lincoln County.  They were made by my great grandmother, Nancy Anne Moore.

Nancy Anne dressed for church in her later years. I assume it was Mother’s Day, as she is wearing a corsage.
Nancy Anne relaxing in the yard during her retirement. This is the only photo I have of her smiling.
Nancy Anne’s family. My grandmother, who was born in 1901 is sitting on the high chair in the center front. There was one more baby to be born to the family after this photo. My great-granddad is in the left front and in the center back is his dad, who would have lived through the Civil War.

I learned today that this quilt, which I believe was the last one my great grandmother made, is a Biscuit Quilt.

Each quilt is carefully inspected and measured.  Notes are taken on the types of fabrics used, which also help in dating the quilt.

The next quilt I submitted was a Sunbonnet Sue quilt which was made for my older sister who was born in 1943.  My mom used the quilt for all three of her girls and I have this photo of us with the quilt on the grass.

This one shows me on the quilt with my shocking black hair.

The binding is gone, the fabrics are faded,  but the embroidery is intact.

This is the last quilt I submitted.  A log cabin which is pretty tattered.  Many of the pieces were sewn together as though they were ends from a factory.  It was a low budget quilt, made for everyday use.

This was an interesting and beautiful quilt which was 1920’s vintage.  One side is reverse appliqué and the other is a Crazy Quilt.  It had no batting.

Each appliquéd lady is a bit different.


The back had many different dress fabrics and embroidery stitches.

I learned that the process used in the 20’s to make silk fabric caused the fibers to break down as in this photo.

Here’s a Cathedral Window quilt up close.  The owner remembers watching her grandmother make this quilt when she was a young girl.

This interesting primitive looking quilt is a reproduction made in the 1980’s.

Close up of a Yo Yo Quilt.

Some of the incredibly fine hand quilting done on the Dutch Tulip shown at the top of the blog post.

I came to document my quilts and stayed the entire day.  By noon I was wearing gloves, helping measure and hang quilts.  By the end of the day I was asked to be on the helper list for the registry.  Yeah!!  I truly love this stuff.  Now I’ve got to get to bed.  I’m going early tomorrow morning with a friend to Astoria, then back down Hwy 101 for Quilt Run 101.  All the quilting stores on Hwy 101 in Oregon have promo fabrics and deals.  We’re doing all the northern stores tomorrow.


6 thoughts on “Quilt Documentation

  1. I love this post and sharing your family history. My very first quilt made in 1970s was that exact same Sunbonnet Sue pattern. I hand sewed a few of the blocks and got tired of that quickly, so used my old Kenmore sewing machine to do the rest. Unsurprisingly, the hand sewn pieces fell off with use, but the machine-sewn ones lasted longer than the quilt itself. I pretty much gave up on quilting for the next 35 years.

    1. Hi Kathy: I so appreciate you letting me know that you like the blog. I hope you can get back into quilting. There’s something very creative about the whole process. I agree that sewing on the machine is easier and will probably last longer. I admire hand quilters but I do much better on the sewing machine!

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