(1) Garden Quilt
Collection of the Kansas Museum of History
Quilters around the country were impressed with The Garden quilt that Ruth Finley pictured in her 1929 book.
Josephine Craig of Emporia, Kansas, made this interpretation in 1933. Friends Elizabeth Goering and Maude Leatherberry collaborated with Craig on the pattern and the quilting. Craig won prizes with it in several contests including the national Eastern States Exposition at Springfield, Massachusetts in 1936. If Goering and Leatherberry made their own versions we haven't found them yet.
See more about Craig's quilt here:
(2) Charlotte Whitehill also used a side view of roses.
We don't know the where-abouts of this quilt today.
Joyce Gross, Cuesta Benberry and I made a list of 11 Garden quilts from the mid-20th-century. They often won prizes at contests. Here are eight of them.
Half a quilt in black and white.
Joyce Gross in her Quilter's Journal magazine published correspondence between Lourette and Bertha Stenge who won first prize. Unfortunately Lourette was on vacation in a remote cabin when the prizewinners were announced and she didn't find out she won until she was reading an old newspaper used as a table cloth and saw a list of winners---too late to be feted at the fair.
See more pictures in the New York Public Library's collection of that needlework contest here:
By Bertha Garret and Verna M. Garret Sutherland
Collection: Rochester Museum & Science Center
(4) A mother/daughter team of Rochester quilters must have noticed Lourette's prizewinner. They finished their version in 1948. They might have gotten their pattern from Lourette as the two are quite similar. See more here:
Katura Elizabeth Tolley
(5) Katura Tolley changed the blue birds to cardinals and called her interpretation Red Birds.
On our list we had two categories of mystery quilts
- Quilt we knew existed but couldn't find pictures of.
- Quilts with pictures but without any maker's names.
(6) We found this one pictured in Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts, the center elongated to an oval. This maker is unknown.
(7) And here's a snapshot from a show---whose?
It is from the Zegart collection.
by Pine Lorraine Eisfeller
Schenectedy, New York
(8) Joyce bought one, this version by Pine Eisfeller. It's now with the rest of Joyce's collection at the
Dolph Briscoe Center at the University of Texas
Pine (pronounced Piney) won a first prize with her Garden Quilt in the 1942 National Needlework Contest sponsored by Woman's Day Magazine. She beat Rose Kretsinger who was inspired to try her hand at the Garden quilt.
You'll have to wait for another post on Garden Quilts for Rose's version. In the next post on this topic in a few weeks I'll show some modern interpretations of the Garden quilt. If you've been inspired to make a Garden quilt let me know in the comments.