Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday at the Quilt Museum - Chimney Sweep Quilts

This week we'll take a look at "Chimney Sweep" quilts, also known as album quilts.  This first one caught my eye and off I went looking for more with that name.

Part of the story of this one is in the print under the picture.  I love it.  The leaves add such a sweet touch.

Chimney Sweep
Lucy Irena Bowers
New York
84 1/2" x 85 1/2"

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Chimney Sweep with Diamond Border
Early 1860's
82" x 86"

No provenance other than what is above.  It was offered on eBay.  Here are more pictures.  I love seeing the fabrics up close.

See more here:

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Chimney Sweep - Overdyed Green
80" x 80"

What a striking rendition of the pattern!  It's fun being able to see the fabrics used.

See more here:

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Chimney Sweep Variation with Appliqué
Amanda Stevens
New York
83" x 75"

Isn't this a sweet variation on the pattern?  It really caught my eye.

You can read more about it here:

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Chimney Sweep
84" x 84"

This is an early one.  Fabrics are said to be from the 1830's and '40's.  It's a lovely palette of fabrics!

See more at this eBay listing:

Thanks for joining us for Chimney Sweep Quilts!

- 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.


  1. I love that you do these posts! These are all such interesting variations. I love the green one, though I would go crazy making the same block in the same material. No wonder she has the different one! =) I don't think I've seen one with applique before, and all I can think, other than it's beautiful, is that someone had way more time than I do. LOL

    1. I'm glad you enjoy them, Susan. It's fun finding them. :)