Peony; Rose of Sharon variation





Who documented this quilt?

Winedale Quilt Collection

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Texas Quilt Search Number:


Alternate inventory control number:


Person filling out this form is:

Blood relative of quiltmaker; Other

Source of the information on this quilt:

technical reviewer

When was the form filled out?

1990, 2007

Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:


Describe the relationship to the quilt's maker:

donor, technical reviewer

This is a:

Finished quilt

Owner's name for quilt:


Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Rose of Sharon variation

How wide is the quilt?

95 in.

How long is the quilt?

99 in.

Shape of edge:


Shape of corners:


What color is the quilt?

Brown; Green; Pink; Red; White

Antique colors:

Double Pink; Turkey Red

Overall color scheme:

Bright or primary colors

Quilt's condition:

Good/moderate use


Disintegration of fabric; Stains; Tears or holes; Wear to edge or binding

Notes on condition, damage, or repairs:

Greek key border designed fabric is badly disintegrated, especially in brown areas; batting is showing through.

Time period:


Family/owner's date for quilt:

Donor stated that this quilt was made for her grandmother's trousseau; the wedding was in 1855.

Date estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser:

ca. 1850s

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Jan Wass

Further information concerning dates:

Family history states that this quilt was made in 1855 for the trousseau of Mary Ann Ellington, who married in 1855.

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Number of quilt blocks:


Size of quilt blocks:

31 in. x 31 in.

Arrangement of quilt blocks:


Spacing of quilt blocks:

Side by side

Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:


What is the shape of the quilt blocks?


Number of borders:


Describe the borders:

3 inch border with printed Greek key design in red, yellow, and brown

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:


Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Print; Solid/plain; Other

Describe the fibers or fabrics in the quilt top:

printed Greek key design on border

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Applique

Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?


Materials used to make the back:


What color is the back of the quilt?


Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:


Width of pieces on the back:

35 in., 31 in., 30 in.

Describe the back:

Hand sewn; Same fabric used throughout; Solid/plain

Materials used in the quilt binding:


Describe the binding:


How is the binding made?

Hand sewn; Home cut; Straight grain

What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?

less than a half inch

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?


How thick is the quilt?

Thin (Less than 3/16?)

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Thread type used for the quilting:


Color of thread used in the quilting:


Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:


Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:


Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Echo; Outline; Single parallel lines

Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:


Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:

The vines quilted on this quilt are very like those in quilt TMM2952-3, which was made by Mary Ann Ellington--the person for whom this quilt was made by a aunt. Perhaps the aunt shared this quilting pattern and technique with her neice.

Where the quilt was made, state:

Kentucky (KY)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?


Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:

Donor Margaret Alexander Steiner of Gonzales, Texas, inherited this quilt from her father Almarine Clinton Alexander (1856-1940) of Texas.

Describe anything about the history of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field:

This quilt is one of approximately forty-two quilts that the Texas Memorial Museum (TMM) at the University of Texas at Austin transferred to the University’s Center for American History (CAH) in April 2003 as part of TMM’s transfer of selected material culture objects from its collections to CAH and other research facilities on the UT-Austin campus. These TMM quilts are now part of CAH’s Winedale Quilt Collection. Information relating to each quilt’s provenance is based on documentation recorded by TMM staff at the time of acquisition, which began in the early 1940s and continued until 2003. This quilt was donated to the Texas Memorial Museum in January 15, 1990, by Margaret Alexander Steiner of Gonzales, Texas. According to the donor, it was made for her maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Ellington, by an Aunt Patsy for her trousseau (as was quilt TMM2592-1). Mary Ann Ellington (1837-1932) married Lauren Clauson Alexander (1827-1865) on September 5, 1855. The couple moved to Texas shortly after their wedding, settling on a farm located between Sherman and Bonham, in north Texas.

Why was the quilt made?

Gift or presentation

Quilt is presently used as:

Museum collection; Study or teaching aid

Exhibitions where this quilt was displayed:

Exhibited at annual quilt show, February 2004, 2005, Winedale, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public Museum, Library or Institution

Quilt owner's name:

Winedale, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Quilt owner's city:

Round Top

Quilt owner's county:


Quilt owner's state:

Texas (TX)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's gender:


Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Who photographed this quilt?

Billy Moore

Access and copyright information:


Copyright holder:

Assistant Director Winedale


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Cite this Quilt

Peony. 1850-1875. From Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, Winedale Quilt Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 12/10/23