Sunday, November 2, 2014

Amelia Heiskell Lauck

Amelia Heiskell Lauck (1760 - 1842) lived in Winchester, VA where she and her husband, Peter, ran the Red Lion Inn and raised their family (eleven children of which six survived to adulthood).  Amelia was an accomplished quiltmaker with possible assistance from household slaves.  At least four of her quilts have survived (three of which are inscribed as gifts to her children), two in the Colonial Williamsburg collection and two owned by the DAR (one of the DAR quilts could have been made by Amelia's daughter-in-law).  All four quilts are currently on display - two in the Williamsburg's exhibit 'A Rich and Varied Culture, The Textiles of the Early South' and two in the DAR exhibit, 'Eye on Elegance'.  The quilts from this post are from the Williamsburg exhibit where photos were allowed.
 


 

This quilt was a wedding gift to Amelia's son Morgan and his bride married on May 26, 1824. The quilt's outer border was removed and incorporated into at least one pillow cover which survives with the quilt.
 
 

13 comments:

Lori said...

Wow! That quilting is amazing!! Thanks for sharing the stories and photos of these lovely quilts.

taylorsoutback said...

What stunning quilting - the texture created is over the top. Thank you for the images.

Barb said...

Oh My that quilting is stunning!!
The Broderie Perse is lovely too!

Jill said...

These quilts just take my breath away. Thanks for sharing pics.

Janet said...

What incredibly beautiful quilting! I would absolutely LOVE to see one of her quilts in person. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures - I am so inspired!

Kyle said...

What beautiful works of art and that you had the opportunity for you to see them in person.

Chantal said...

What can I say beside AMAZING!! 1824 and it still look so good! AMAZING! She did extremely beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing these with us.

Karen said...

The quilting on the red and white quilt is so beautiful. Must have taken a great deal of time to do.

Every Stitch said...

Just stunning! the workmanship is breathtaking! I adore the quilting motives used - thanks for the close up pictures

The Civil War Quilter said...

Holy WOW!

Jamie Penland said...

Gorgeous quilts!
Quilting is exquisite.
Good photographer too!

C├ęcile D said...

Hello Vicky !
Thank you for sharing these stunning quilts ! I notice that it's the same outer border on both ! And the quilting is awesome ....wow !!

Sandy said...

I tried not to look too closely, as I will be visiting the SJMQT soon enough to view these quilts. I can't wait!