Monday, June 27, 2011

War of 1812 / Regency Era Quilts from Museum Collections

We have located a few more quilts from the War of 1812 / Regency Era in museum collections.  Quilts from this period are very rare finds.  We hope these images will help you in the design of your quilt for our 1812 Quilt Challenge at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor next March.

 Michagan State University Museum Accession 1998:53.37.  Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.

 Four Patch
99 1/2" x 104"  Cotton with cotton filling

This Massachusetts   quilt contains copperplate prints, probably of English manufacture, some calicos, glazed chintz and India prints.   

 Michagan State University Museum Accession  1998:53.39.  Photo by KEVA.

Framed Square
95" x 100"  Cotton with cotton filling

This early New England quilt seems to have been made with random scraps, but, as can be seen here, was carefully organized. The cut-out corners indicate that it was made for a four poster bed.

Michagan State University Museum Accession 2007:107.1.   Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, 
Provenance unknown - circa 1800
79 1/2" x 91"  Cotton, wool filling

Very little is know about this wholecloth quilt but wouldn't it look great in some of the reproduction fabric lines coming out for the War of 1812 bicentennial like Moda's Lately Arrived from London by Barbara Brackman or some of the new Andover reproduction prints.

Michagan State University Museum Accession 1998:53.99.  Photo by KEVA.

Sunburst with Mariner's Compass
Circa 1800-1830 
86" x 86" 

Within this New England quilt can be found a wonderful collection of early printed cotton fabrics.

Please feel free to email us and share any museum collection quilts or other quilts from the War of 1812 / Regency Era that you have researched.    

Fashion Plates of the War of 1812 / Regency Era

The fashion era spanning of the War of 1812 was also the Regency era of British novelist Jane Austen, it’s focus was on elegance and simplicity. 

Women’s fashions of the period were inspired by the democratic ideals of the new French Republic - which in turn took it’s inspiration from classical Greece. Waists were high and diaphanous light coloured fabrics were at the height of fashion. 

Such a contrast to fashions of the previous and following eras with their multiple layers of dark and heavy fabric. 

The following fashion plates were published in Incroyables et merveilleuses de 1814.  Click on the plate and then click again to see a high resolution large image.

Wonderful inspiration for the gowns we will all wear to the Seaway Trail 2012 Quilt Show in March.  Hope you will plan to join us in costume too!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Our 1812 Quilt blog posted on Barbara Brackman's blog

Quilt Historiann Barbara Brackman has mentioned us on her blog! 

Check it out at:   

In other news, while researching for our 1812 quilt challenge project I've come across some great quilts to use for inspiration for fabrics and patterns in various museum collections include this circa 1790-1810 Winterthur medallion quilt:

And this medallion quilt from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum:

Also from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum is this bar/stripey quilt with chintz and nine patch blocks circa 1800 to 1820.

Plus this double Irish chain possibly from Pennsylvania between 1800 - 1820 from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Or how about a circa 1800-1820 quilt possibly made in Eastern Pennsylvania also from the collections of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

So many quilts to use for reference to the 1812 era!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Playing "Dress-up" for the War of 1812 Quilt Show?

War of 1812 Period Costume Dress Up 

One of the things I love about the War of 1812 period as portrayed in classic films like Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen are the gorgeous costumes!  The ladies at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail will be attired in period correct fashions for the 2012 quilt show - and maybe even sooner!  We’ve just ordered Regency Era patterns from one of my favorite re-enactor fashion designers Jennie Chancey.   

(and undies too!)

Hope to see many of you dressed in period costume too, in the interim you can check out her patterns at:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman has a new book coming out.   Perfect timing to inspire our War of 1812 bicentennial quilts!  

Click on the link to see a preview of the first few pages of  Lately Arrived From London - Cotton Prints and Patchwork Before 1820, a companion to her early 19th century fabric reproduction collection from Moda that will be out in September, 2011.   You can "View Fullscreen" by clicking the icon on the lower right of the page.