Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Embroidered Wool Comforter

Quilt by Grandma Enfield,
Kansas, early 20th century

Jeanne Poore brought this embroidered quilt
 of wool samples to class the other day.

From Grandma Enfield 
Age??
Jan 1927
Emma Enfield 
Jeanne's great-grandmother gave it to a daughter in 1927. The red
thread on the black is still visible.

It's very much like the typical embroidered quilt of wool suiting samples, but
the rectangles are smaller and the embroidery is fascinating.

She embroidered on every other block---things she had around the house
like a bag? or a bib? and an apron.
The border is on three sides.

A teakettle

Work gloves

She was a farmer so there are many animals
although this doesn't look like a domestic cat.
The elusive Kansas wildcat perhaps.

Here's a tiny snake peeking out.

She included many quilt patterns which she stitched in filled embroidery.
Here: True Lover's Knot or Rose Dream

Duck's Foot in the Mud or Bear's Paw

Chimney Sweep

We enjoyed looking at it and telling Jeanne how lucky she was to have it.

13 comments:

suzanne said...

Each embroidery is so charming!

kathyinozarks said...

oh I love this one-thanks for sharing

WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful quilt and love the wool and stitchery together. I am finishing up a wool one that i made and plan on doing some stitchery, on it.

Debbie

Sandra said...

Es preciosa y su valor sentimental es incalculable, muchos besos.

Bonnie Hull said...

Thanks for this this morning...the
most original and charming thing I've seen in a while...fresh.

Doctor Barkman said...

How come no dogs?

Lori said...

How fun and quirky too!! Yes, surely this is a special piece.

Ione said...

I was referred to your site from Calli at Make-it-do. I just inherited a lone star quilt from my grandmother roughly 100 yrs old. She had it hanging on her wall for about 20 years and I would like to do the same however it is very dusty and I would like some advice about how to care for it properly.

Thank you,
Ione

Monika Kucsera said...

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I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing your posts and ideas on Glipho? It's a quite new social publishing platform for bloggers like you. :)

Barbara Brackman said...

Ione
I'd fluff that old lone star quilt in the dryer on cool for ten minutes to get the dust out. Never hang a quilt for 20 years! Six months and then give it a rest for a few years.
But I'm not a conservator. I'm sure if you did a web search for words like quilt care antique
you'd find some advice.

Anonymous said...

great

Anonymous said...

superb

Sean Valjean said...

These look great! I recently got a sleep & beyond organic wool comforter for my daughter but maybe I should have just made one like the ones that you are showing here.