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Peony; Rose of Sharon variation
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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:
When was the form filled out?
Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:
Describe the relationship to the quilt's maker:
donor, technical reviewer
This is a:
Owner's name for quilt:
Names for quilt's pattern in common use:
Rose of Sharon variation
How wide is the quilt?
How long is the quilt?
Shape of edge:
Shape of corners:
What color is the quilt?
Brown; Green; Pink; Red; White
Double Pink; Turkey Red
Overall color scheme:
Bright or primary colors
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.
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:
Who estimated the quilt's date?
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:
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:
Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:
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?
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:
Where the quilt was made, country:
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:
Quilt owner's county:
Quilt owner's state:
Quilt owner's country:
Who photographed this quilt?
Access and copyright information:
Assistant Director Winedale
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, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=25-21-318. Accessed: 12/10/23