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Title Pot of Flowers
Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 2004.58.01
Description Applique quilt. Thirty blocks of Pot of Flowers pattern. Curved pot has one large flower center above the pot and 9 flowers brand out from the center flower. Some of these flowers are head on and some are profiled. Stems, leaves and tiny petals surround flowers and branch out from the center flower. Much of the same fabric is used in the same location through out the blocks in the quilt. Some variation of fabric with the round petal flowers and their surround petals.

Stems appear to be on the straight grain. They are very narrow (1/8") so probably just have raw edges turned under.

Cotton batting

Applique is worked on good quality solid fabric. Backing fabric is a slightly courser grade with few slubs. Hand applique, hand pieced, and hand quilted.

The quilting is done on top of some applique pieces like the pots and large center flowers, and around other pieces like flowers and leaves. some quilting is done in dark thread (tan and blue). White or ecru thread would have distracted from the fabric. These is some quilting in between the applique designs. This quilting is done in flowers, petals and 1/2 circles on the edges. Quilting is done in lots of curved lines. Stitches are different lengths but the average length is 6-7 stitches per inch.

The edges are finished by both the top edge and bottom edge turned in and blind stitched together.

Colors are vivid. Prussia blue, browns, pinks, red, gold, greens, cream. Excellent example of 1840's fabrics and colors. Represents an early quilt that the fabric may have been purchased for at least part of the applique pieces. Quilter also to care to blend in quilting thread on dark fabrics. Quilting designs are a little hard to see because of stitch length ( a smaller stitch would enhance the pattern) but the quilting is functional and enhances the applique.

According the notes from the donor: a quilt group look at the quilt at believed the quilt to be a Baltimore Style applique. True Baltimore albums were made in Baltimore and this quilt was made in New York. Baltimore albums have every block different hence the name album. The donor was also told the backing was homespun and while the backing is coarser than the top fabric and could be homespun, it is more likely purchased with the make selecting a slightly lower grade of fabric for the back. The make probably purchased fabric for applique and therefore purchasing fabric for the back was not unheard of.

Quilt was made by Jane Ryer Butler in the 1840's She lived in West Farms, New York. The quilt was given to her granddaughter Jane Butler Rogers. She and her husband, Samuel Hugh Rogers, moved to Iowa in 1852 and were early settlers in Wheatland, Iowa. This quilt, one of 14 made by her grandmother and brought to Iowa. This one being a "luxury" quilt, was used in the guest room on important occasions. This was the one left by the time Jane Ryer Butler passed away at the age of 101 1/2. The quilt was passed on to her granddaughter Mrs R.B. (Elizabeth) Atwater of Des Moines, Iowa then to her daughter, the donor

Mrs Atwater exhibited the quilt at the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair as part of the Pioneer Home Exhibit (1954). The quilt was also exhibited at a Women's Club event in November 1973 and caught the attention of Jonathan Holstein who spoke at the event. Holstein is know for starting the trend to exhibit quilts as works of art and hanging them on the wall to view.

Image 021\20045801-5.JPG
Date 1840-1845
Dimensions W-75 L-86.75 inches
Material Cotton fabric
Provenance Ruth Johannsen