Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday at the Quilt Museum - Rose of Sharon

When I asked on Facebook what patterns you'd like to see in my posts, one of you asked for Rose of Sharon.  So, we're heading that direction this week!

Rose of Sharon
Christianburg, Virginia
76" x 96"
 Rose of Sharon Christianburg, Virginia

This is one that reflects the traditional Rose of Sharon pattern, but uses tan with the red instead of the more common green.  It boasts quilting of 12 stitches per inch.  I can't even imagine.

Isn't it just amazing that we can see quilts that were made more than 150 years ago?

This is an old eBay listing and has a little information about it if you scroll down a ways:

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Rose of Sharon
88" x 88"
Rose of Sharon Maine 1870

This one struck me because of its rather different color choices than most Rose of Sharon quilts.  All I can find is that it was made in Maine in 1870 or so.

For more information and pictures, follow this link:

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Rose of Sharon
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
84" x 90"
Rose of Sharon Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

This is such a traditional looking one.  It appears to be just three fabrics on white: red and yellow solids and a tiny green print.

For more information and a bunch of beautiful pictures, follow this link:

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Rose of Sharon
86" x 86"

Rose of Sharon 1850

Isn't this stunning?  There is so much to catch the eye.  As you can see, there are 9 Rose of Sharon blocks, and then there are birds and grapevines interspersed between them.  The border is such fun.  I really like the introduction of blue.  It livens it up beautifully.

Here are a couple of links to blog posts that show some up-close photos.

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Rose of Sharon
Hester Gregg Husong
67" x 86"
Stuffed Work
Rose of Sharon Hester Gregg Husong Tennessee

This one is stunning.  No two ways about it!  The applique is done in red, pink, and green, and is embellished with embroidery on the tips of the buds.  The quilting is magnificent.  Serpentine feathers surround the blocks and shell-type quilting fills in the remaining areas.  AND the feathers are stuffed!  It would be nice to be able to talk with Hester and hear the story of her quilt.

More information and pictures are here:

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Rose of Sharon
80" x 92"

Rose of Sharon Pre-1860

This one intrigues me.  There is no provenance on it.  The owner postulates that it is pre-Civil War because there are yet cotton seeds in the batting, pre-dating the cotton gin.  The cornerstones and sashing set it apart as unique.  It looks to me as if the cornerstones are pieced, but have 4-point compasses appliqued to them.  I love the sawtooth sashing.  If you follow the link below, you can zoom in and see that the blue is a sweet print.  A curiosity to me is the appearance of blue in the otherwise green sawtooth sashing.

Old eBay listing:

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Thanks for joining us for our tour of Rose of Sharon Quilts!

Happy Quilting!!

- I am not a quilt historian.  I simply enjoy finding interesting quilts and sharing them with you!

- The quilt images on this post were sourced from Pinterest, unless otherwise noted, and are linked to their origin whenever possible.

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