The quilt isn't old, but it is treasured because many of the landmarks no longer exist. I didn't get to find out which ones were gone or where the existing ones are -- there was only one docent and the joint was jumping.
The local guild made the quilt for a raffle. The man who won the raffle didn't want it, so he sold (!) it back to the museum. Sounds like a nice guy...
Though several hands were at work, many panels use a thin gray yarn to depict masonry or wood siding. The buildings are heavily embroidered.
|A local church|
|The old Town Hall|
|Two old school buildings|
|Paper birches in the autumn|
Across the street from the museum is a small memorial to a woman named Betsy Seaman. This simple red-and-white quilt was made by her children and grandchildren for her 70th birthday, September 28, 1890. It was signed by them all.
|70th birthday quilt, made for Betsy Seaman, Sept. 28, 1890|
Betsy was the wife of Murry Seaman, the first permanent settler on Drummond Island whose descendants still live there. Murry and his first wife, Lovina, had joined the new Mormon religion in New York State and had moved with other Mormons to Nauvoo, Illinois. Betsy became Murry's second wife in 1841. In 1850 they moved with other Mormons to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and finally settled on Drummond Island in Lake Huron in 1853. Murry died 10 years later, leaving Betsy along under pioneer conditions with 10 children. Some family members remain on the island today.
The quilt is in fairly good shape, considering that it is over 120 years old.
Another quilt nearby also used the same red and white fabrics in classic basket blocks. Perhaps it was also made by a member of the Seaman family.
Unfortunately, this quilt is in poorer condition. The quilt was undated.
The quilting is simple, diagonal lines forming squares and triangles in the background and stitching around the seams of the basket triangles. There is a bit of echo stitching around the basket handles.
Here's a Friendship quilt.
|Ohio Star, probably at least 70 years old.|
These hexies were probably made from old shirts and dresses. The hexagons are about 1-1/2". There was no information about the quilt and it was folded up in the cabinet, so it was hard to see much more than what is here. Does anyone have any idea about the vintage of these fabrics?
Another folded quilt -- grrr! And the handwritten information is stuck toward the back, so it can't be read. The one is also very scrappy, with white to pull it together. The outer border is a large scallop, very pretty. I just wish I could see the whole quilt!