|Crazy Quilt Kansas Memory|
First, forgive me for the blurriness of this photo, but it holds a special place in my heart so I had to share. No, I don't know the person who quilted this piece and there isn't a family relation. But when I spied it my heart nearly jumped from my chest. You see, my grandmother made a crazy quilt pillow and somehow I had acquired it. I'm not sure where it went, but it is an item I recall treasuring and wish I still had in my possession.
This crazy quilt, called as such for its craziness, was started in the late 1800s by a woman named Martha Hutchinson Haywood. Funny thing is, she lived in a sod house, and if I remember correctly my grandmother, or perhaps it was her mother, was born in a sod house in Western Kansas.
I can't tell you much about this quilt, except that it's in the shape of Kansas. If you click on the photo you can see the word Nebraska at the top and Indian Territory at the bottom.
I wish I would have taken better notes on this one as I'd like to know when it was made and who it was made for.
|Eagle Quilt Kansas Memory|
This one caught my eye because of the bright colors and the patriotic feel. It was created by Elizabeth Marthaler Stauf in 1914-1915.
|Iris Garland Kansas Memory|
Isn't this one beautiful? Does it surprise you that it was quilted in the 1930s?
This quilt was designed by Hannah Hayes Headlee. According the Kansas History Museum site, Headlee used nine different shades of purple fabric and dyed a tenth one herself.
|Sunflower Quilt Kansas Memory|
This sunflower quilt was done by three different ladies. Kansas City resident Hattie A Chandler pieced it together and Lillian and Gladys Pine from Lawrence, KS quilted it.
It shouldn't be surprise you that this lovely piece took 1st at the Kansas State Fair.
I invite you to explore the history of these quilts and more at the Kansas History Museum's website. You'll see an image with various quilts pictured. You can click on each square to view more information and you can scroll over to find more quilts. I think you'll find the history of the St. Louis Quilt interesting. After you're done browsing, come back here and let us know which one is your favorite and why.
Have a joyful Wednesday,