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105 Kansas County Quilt

105 Kansas County Quilt
Creator: Stitching Traditions Quilt Shop
Date: between 2010 and 2013
Commemorative quilt made by the Woman's Kansas Day Club, with a separate block for every one of Kansas's 105 counties. Each block was made by a representative from that county. The quilt was then constructed, bordered, and bound by staff at Topeka's Stitching Traditions Quilt Shop and custom machine quilted by Topeka's A Touch of Class Quilting.


Album Patch quilt

Album Patch quilt
Date: 1895
Album Patch quilt with numerous handwritten signatures inked on the top. Marks on the center block include the name of Rev. L. C. Schnacke, the notation he was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Great Bend, and the date May 2, 1895. Most of the other names are for residents of Great Bend. This quilt probably was a fund raiser, with a small fee being charged for names to be recorded on it. The marks all appear to be written by the same person.


Album Patch quilt top

Album Patch quilt top
Date: between 1854 and 1856
This Album Patch quilt top is composed of multi-colored pieced calico blocks set on a white muslin ground. Inked names handwritten on the center of each block include Lyda Davis, Sarah Emminger, Ellen Wiestline, and Mary Swartz. White paper fragments with handwritten names are pinned to the center of some blocks. Dates written on the top include 1854, 1855, and 1856. This top probably was made in Pennsylvania and later brought to Kansas.


Album sampler quilt

Album sampler quilt
Creator: Rowden, Deb
Date: 2006
Album sampler quilt comprised of 30 blocks, each in a different pieced or appliqued pattern. Quilt incorporates a wide variety of reproduction 19th century textiles designed for Moda Fabrics by Kansas quilt historians Barbara Brackman and Terry Clothier Thompson. Machine quilted in a different pattern on each block. An inscription sewn to backing lists the pattern names, designers, and sewers of each block. This quilt was made in 2006 by members of the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, Lawrence, to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary. The 30 blocks feature patterns taken from the Guild's block-of-the-month collection over 30 years. Patricia Ann Marlo Sullivan of Topeka won the quilt in a drawing.


Applique quilt

Applique quilt
Creator: Kramer, Maria
Date: between 1840 and 1899
Red, green, and white appliqué quilt. Unnamed block pattern features a large 8-lobed red rosette with seven radiating green leaves, a thick green stem, and a red bud on a side shoot. Wide red sashing separates the blocks. Appliqued vines on borders. Red binding is a replacement. Quilted in a grid on blocks, and diagonally on sashing and borders. This quilt was made and used by Maria Kramer of Evansville, Indiana.


Autograph quilt

Autograph quilt
Creator: Burgett, Marie Marcellus
Date: 1986
Blue and white quilt featuring the embroidered signatures of 24 prominent Kansans. Made by Marie Marcellus Burgett of Junction City to celebrate Kansas' 125th anniversary of statehood, 1986. Burgett obtained the signatures of 24 living Kansans on white fabric squares, and embroidered the signatures along with a summary of each individual's achievements. The quilt won a grand prize at the Riley County Fair, and reserve champion prize at the Geary County Fair, and was exhibited in the Kansas Capitol. According to Burgett, the blue fabric represents the Kansas skies. Made of cotton/synthetic blend fabrics. White binding and navy blue backing. Machine-pieced. Hand-quilted with outline stitching around signatures, and also sunflower and wheat designs.


Baby Blocks or Tumbling Blocks quilt

Baby Blocks or Tumbling Blocks quilt
Creator: Chambers, Regina V. Mills
Date: between 1888 and 1889
Red, brown and white cotton quilt in Baby Blocks or Tumbling Blocks pattern. The quilt maker was Regina Mills Chambers, born in Ohio in 1867, who immigrated to Kansas in the 1880s where she briefly taught school in Alma. Chambers eventually settled in Hoxie, Kansas, where she practiced law with her husband. About 180 names are inscribed in brown ink on the quilt's white pieces. Some inscriptions also include locations and professions. There are Kansas place names as well as a number of other states. All marks were written by the same hand (probably Chambers) in brown ink. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted in outline stitching. Red cotton binding and white cotton backing.


Bear's Paw quilt

Bear's Paw quilt
Creator: Nye, Mary Alice Koger
Date: between 1890 and 1925
Red and blue cotton quilt made in Bear's Paw pattern. The maker was Mary Alice Koger Nye and the quilt was used in her family's household in Belle Plaine, Kansas. Fabrics in the pieced blocks came from dresses worn by Nye and her daughters before World War I, while fabric for the plain red blocks and blue/white pinstriped backing were purchased after the war. Batting appears to be a thin cotton sheet or blanket. Blocks are hand-pieced, and top was assembled by machine. Hand-quilted in diagonal lines.


Broken Star quilt

Broken Star quilt
Date: between 1880 and 1930
Blue, white and pink cotton quilt in Broken Star pattern, with close and fine quilting overall. The binding is marked with the initials "M E T" on the back. According to the donor, the quilt belonged to her uncle's parents, Eugene and Annie Elizabeth Carmichael Metzger. They were married in Missouri in 1880 and moved to Hunter, Mitchell County, Kansas and then later to Lane, Franklin County, Kansas. The quilt may have been part of Annie Metzger's hope chest.


Cedar tree quilt

Cedar tree quilt
Creator: Anderson, Arlene A. Auchard
Date: 1988
Small quilted wall hanging featuring pieced cedar trees alternating with Nine Patch squares. Three strips of solid fabrics form the borders. Dark green binding. Backing of pink sprigged fabric. Hand-quilted and machine-stitched. This small quilted wall hanging was made by Arlene Anderson and auctioned off on Apr. 30, 1988 for the benefit of the Kansas Quilt Project (KQP). Founded in 1986, the KQP's mission was to collect quilt histories and establish a repository for the resulting data at the Kansas Historical Society. The donor/quilter was married to John Anderson, Jr., Governor of Kansas from 1961-1965. The Andersons were the first governor's family to occupy the executive residence known as Cedar Crest, so named because of its location on the crest of a hill overlooking the cedar-lined Kansas River valley.


Checkerboard quilt

Checkerboard quilt
Date: between 1910 and 1935
Checkerboard pattern quilt pieced with pale pink and blue cotton fabrics. The pieced blocks are shirting prints and gingham checks. This bedcover was used in the Hamilton home in north Topeka. It may have been made by Lena Hamilton.


Child's quilt

Child's quilt
Creator: Garman, Amanda Elizabeth (Ziegler)
Date: between 1878 and 1883
Child's cotton quilt in a unique design featuring red appliquéd hands on white ground. Made by Amanda Ziegler Garman for her daughter, Bertha. The appliqué pattern was made by tracing Bertha's hand. The family immigrated to Kill Creek, Kansas, from Bristol, Indiana, shortly after Bertha was born in 1878. Sashing strips are pieced of tiny red triangles on white ground. White cotton binding and backing. Batting is probably cotton. Hand-appliqued, hand-pieced, and machine-quilted in geometric designs.


Child's quilt

Child's quilt
Creator: Mary L. Wilson Carl
Date: between 1940 and 1943
This child's quilt features 15 small embroidered figures on a white cotton ground. The figures are all animals, some anthropomorphized (e.g., duck with top hat and cane). The quilt has a pale blue border, white binding and backing and is machine-stitched, with both machine- and hand-quilting. Mary Carl (1865-1943) made this baby quilt in Parsons, Kansas, probably for her only great-grandson, William R. Hunter (1940-1985).


Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt

Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt
Creator: Williams, Mrs. C.E.
Date: between 1880 and 1910
Log Cabin quilt in the Courthouse Steps pattern. Silk fabrics include rep, brocade, and velvet weaves. Binding of black silk rep, and a backing of gold-colored sateen. This quilt came from the home of Adolph and Elizabeth Bauman of Neodesha, and was made about 1890 by Elizabeth's aunt, Mrs. C.E. Williams, also of Neodesha. The Baumans married in 1887. Adolph's business interests in Neodesha included a mercantile, the oil industry, and the Neodesha Building and Loan Association.


Coxcomb and Currents quilt

Coxcomb and Currents quilt
Creator: Stark, Elizabeth E.
Date: 1853
Elaborately quilted red and green appliqué quilt in Coxcomb and Currents pattern (also known as Flowering Almond). Embroidered at center in pale blue with maker's name and date: "ELIZABETH STARK 1853." Stark was born in Ohio in 1833, married John Whitlow in 1857, and came to Kansas with her young family around 1868. Elizabeth spent the majority of her life in Topeka, living well into the 20th century. This quilt was passed down to her daughter, Lillian Whitlow Johnson.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Date: between 1880 and 1935
Crazy Quilt made up of irregularly shaped multi-colored silks, satins and many printed silk ribbons from meetings of the Kansas Federation of Women's Clubs, the Kansas Council of Women, State Bar Association, and other organizations. Dates on ribbons range from 1882 to 1930. One includes a 1928 Republican National Convention button depicting Kansan Charles Curtis. Most fabrics are outlined in featherstitch embroidery, with scattered embroidered stars and scissors. Hand-stitched. Bound in black velvet and backed in pale green silk. This quilt belonged to William Agnew Johnston and Mrs. Lucy Browne Johnston of Topeka. The Johnstons were active in the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association (K.E.S.A.) and the Men's Equal Suffrage League (M.E.S.L.) of Kansas, two organizations that were critical allies in the 1912 ratification of the Woman's Suffrage Amendment to the Kansas constitution. This amendment made Kansas the seventh state to enfranchise women. Lucy Johnston was president and campaign manager of K.E.S.A. in 1911-1912 during the final push for ratification. She also was active in other women's clubs and lobbied for better libraries around the state. Her husband, William Agnew Johnston, was Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and an active member of the M.E.S.L. of Kansas, an organization that canvassed the state for woman's suffrage.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Vawter, Edna J.
Date: between 1940 and 1949
Crazy Quilt featuring irregularly shaped fabric pieces, and backed with silk ribbons from Kansas fairs. Top is formed of eight Crazy Quilt blocks, with each smaller fabric piece outlined in embroidery stitches. Narrow sawtooth edge formed of points from the rosettes of purple award ribbons. Backing is made up of over 300 silk fair ribbons in purple (Champion) blue (First Premium), red (Second), white (Third), plus a few pink (Fourth) and one yellow (Fifth). Most are from the Thomas and Trego county fairs between 1929 and 1940. The quilter was Edna Gross Vawter of rural Logan County. Her daughter, Roberta Vawter Meek, won the ribbons by showing swine in the 4-H and open classes at fairs.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Date: between 1880 and 1900
Crazy quilt featuring elaborate embroidered designs, including a horseshoe, fish, frog, and flowers. Numerous embroidered rings probably indicate it was made for a wedding. It was passed down in the family of Samantha McConnell, whose daughter, Jennie, married George Janes in 1888. The embroidered initials "GKJ" likely stand for George K. Janes, and "JM" for Jennie McConnell. Samantha McConnell was born in Pennsylvania in 1843, and moved from Ohio to Kansas with her young family sometime in the 1870s. In the 1880s they settled in Franklin County near the town of Ransomville.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Ashbaugh, Anna S.
Date: 1889
Elaborately embroidered Crazy quilt made of irregularly-shaped pieces of silk stitched to a foundation fabric. Blocks are decorated with many embroidered figures, including insects, flowers, rings, wheat, and snowflakes. Edges are decorated with folded triangles of dark red velvet. Machine- and hand-stitching. Quilt was pieced by Ann Ashbaugh as a wedding gift for her nephew and his wife, Claude and Florence Ashbaugh who were married in 1889. Ann was good friends with Ann Sells of the Sells Floto Circus, and at least some of the silks in this quilt came from the elaborate robes worn by the circus elephants.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Sharp, Virginia A. Jessee
Date: 1908
Small quilt or throw made in Crazy Quilt design, with 24 blocks of irregularly shaped multi-colored silk pieces. Each piece is outlined in embroidery stitches. Most blocks are ornamented with additional embroidery or appliquéd with lace ornaments trimmed in small beads or French knots. Edges are trimmed with narrow ruffle of silk taffeta ribbon in a variety of colors. Dark blue silk brocade backing, tied with narrow silk ribbons. Embroidered at one corner on backing: "Made for / Omer L Sharp / by his Mother / Virginia A Sharp / May 1908." Omer was born in Kansas on May 20, 1882, to Campbell and Virginia Jessee Sharp. The family lived in Brown and Sheridan counties. Omer married Cora Dell Montgomery only three months after the quilt's inscription, indicating it may have been a wedding present.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Joynes, Elizabeth Sevier
Date: between 1888 and 1910
Crazy quilt made of irregularly shaped dark fabrics, mostly wool. All pieces are outlined in embroidered feather stitching, and each block is embroidered with a different figure, including hearts, flowers, birds, and a child's hand. There also are two sets of initials, "MDJ" and "LBJ." Backed with brown/tan plaid cotton flannel. Made by Elizabeth Sevier Joynes from pieces of clothing worn by her children, circa 1896. Elizabeth was born in Tennessee in 1860 and married John Gaston Joynes in 1883. They settled in Neosho County, Kansas, and had seven children before John died in 1895.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Date: between 1880 and 1910
Crazy Quilt featuring many irregularly shaped pieces of silk stitched to a foundation fabric. Pieces are outlined in a variety of embroidery stitches worked in cotton thread. Backing is blue/tan plaid silk. Binding is same plaid silk on two opposing edges, while remaining edges are trimmed in fringed braid. Quilt has been tied with narrow silk ribbon visible only on backing. This quilt is from the home of the Edmond F. Pugsley family of Sabetha, Kansas. The Pugsleys came to Kansas from New York sometime around 1870, settling in the town of Albany, Kansas before eventually moving to Sabetha. They had two daughters, Bessie and Lucy; the latter was a dressmaker.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Martin, Mary O'Farrell
Date: between 1880 and 1899
Crazy quilt with ornate embroidery and painted designs overall. Many of the fabrics are silk sateen and silk velvet. All fabric pieces are outlined in feather stitch embroidery, and there also are painted floral designs and three-dimensional felt posies. Initials are embroidered on three blocks. The quilt is inscribed on the back with the name of its maker, Mary F. Martin. Born in Ireland, Martin raised a family in Harper, Kansas, after her marriage to Dr. Henry Martin.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Hughes, Clara L. Strieby (Mrs. A. J.)
Date: 1884
This crazy quilt features green and red velvet sashing that forms two large diamonds spanning the top. Sashing is embroidered with initials and a date. Quilt top's irregular pieces are outlined in featherstitch embroidery and decorated with embroidered flowers, plants, birds, butterflies, and appliquéd objects. Wide apple green velvet border is embroidered with flowers in three corners and wheat stalks in the fourth. This elaborate quilt was made by Clara Strieby Hughes of Council Grove, Kansas, as a wedding gift for her niece Mary Dillon upon her marriage to James Monroe Miller on Dec. 23, 1884. Hughes was a businesswoman with a share in the M.C. Armstrong & Co. store in Council Grove. The silks she used in this quilt may have been store samples.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Date: between 1890 and 1925
Small rectangular toy quilt in a Crazy Quilt pattern. Made of cotton print fabrics, with the predominant colors being black, pink, blue, and red. White shirting prints are incorporated into the top, and there is a shirting print backing. Hand-stitched, with machine-sewn edges. Toy quilts have been made for centuries. This one probably was made by a child.


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