Sunday, May 30, 2010
The Other Crazy Quilt
This is the other crazy quilt that was shown at our Quilts of Berkeley County display on May 8.
The detail below shows a ribbon that has been sewn into the quilt "Zouaves" were French troops serving in French North Africa and known for their uniforms. We actually had troops here in America during the Civil War era that emulated these uniforms.
See Wikipedia for more information on Zouaves.
While W.V.A.N.G. now stands for the West Virginia Air National Guard who are posted at the Martinsburg Airport near me, W. VA. N.G. in 1885 would have stood for "West Virginia National Guard".
This next one features a campaign ribbon for James Gillespie Blaine
who was one of the most powerful men in the Republican party during the 1870s and 1880s. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1862-1876, he served as speaker from 1868 until he resigned to seek the Republican nomination for president. He failed to receive the nomination in both 1876 and 1880 but was the Republican candidate in 1886, only narrowly defeated by Grover Cleveland. See a picture of him HERE.
The next photo features what was probably a Republican convention committee ribbon
Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia. You may recall the movie "We Are Marshall" that told the tragic story of the Marshall football team.
The purple flowers embroidered in this section are beautiful as well.
I just love the Black Eyed Susans in this next section!
This next one features some initials - S.E.B. and M.M.S. I think that the pansy was done using the broderie perse method.
This section features the date.
A little above this is the last section I
The last section features a very interesting looking sunburst pattern and a pieced fan. Note the whole quilt is bordered by blue velvet.
I have really enjoyed sharing the pictures of these quilts with you and look forward to doing something like it again in the future.