Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection is the new exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  There's a beautiful book from 2006 which I've had for a couple years that documents the collection.  I was so fortunate to see this amazing exhibit presenting 'Quilts as Art'!

Ocean Waves, cotton, 35" x 41"
c. 1890 - 1900, Holmes County
Broken Star, cotton, 79" x 79", c. 1925-30, Holmes County, made by Mother of Mrs. Henry Raber
Courthouse Steps, wool, 76" x 81", c. 1880 - 90, Holmes County
Log Cabin, Straight Furrow, wool, 67" x 82", 1914, Holmes County, made by Mariann Yoder
Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, wool, 66" x 82", c. 1880-90, Holmes County
Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", heavy wool, 67" x 88", initialed R.T. 1884, Knox County

Sampler, cotton, 64" x 87", c. 1890-1900, Holmes County
Diagonal 16-Patch, cotton, 76" x 77", c. 1880-90, Mt. Hope, Holmes County
Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, cotton, 79" x 81", c. 1890-1930, Geauga County

Chinese Coins, cotton, 79" x 90", c. 1930-40, Plain City, OH
Tumbling Blocks, wool, 70" x 87", c. 1900-1910, Holmes County, made by Anna K. Yoder

 Twinkle Stars, cotton, 72" x 89", dated 1895, made by Dena Miller, Holmes County
Bear Paw, wool, 77" x 92", c. 1900-1915, Holmes County

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.