Friday, March 7, 2014


While in LaGrange a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had the privilege of seeing a beautiful broderie perse (chintz fabric designs cut out and appliqued on a plain white background).  It’s the one lying down, not the one on the wall.  The lady standing next to it is Quilt Curator Kate Adams who has been studying this quilt for a few months.

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Dated 1844 with signatures from numerous people that appear to be from New Jersey, including the name in the middle, Sarah V.C. Quick.  With some help from Karen Bresenhan and Nancy Puentes, co-founders of the Texas Quilt Museum, this quilt was purchased for the University of Texas at Austin Briscoe Center for American History’s Quilt Collection to preserve and study this amazing quilt.  You can see photos of some of the other quilts in their quilt collection HERE.

Quick Quilt at Tx Quilt Museum full
Full View from Auction Site
The following photos are from an auction site that once handled this quilt.  However, the quilt as purchased last November 2013 at the Houston Quilt Festival from a dealer.

Quick Quilt at TX Quilt Museum medallion

There are 116 floral and bird appliques on the Quick Quilt. 

Quick Quilt at TX Quilt Museum 2

The handwork is so tiny and precise.  It can’t be seen with the naked eye, even on the small pin-width stems.

Quick Quilt at TX Quilt Museum 1

An added bonus is the series of  Chinese scenes stitched on each corner.

Quick Quilt at TX Quilt Museum left corner

The broderie perse border add a nice, unusual touch.

The Quick quilt is back at the University of Texas with Ms. Adams for further study.  However, at some point in the future it will be displayed again.  Hope you get to see it in person, but in the meantime, enjoy the pictures.

a red Signature
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