Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The 1896 Quilt

The 1896 Quilt was made in 1896 by Sally Buck as a baby gift for Ruth Pearl Mallard, who was born September 4, 1896 in Jones County, North Carolina. The original is 75” x 75,” and was hand-pieced from indigo, scarlet, and orange cotton fabrics and hand quilted. The batting is cotton gleaned from the fences and bushes around the Mallard cotton fields. The close quilting is certainly part of the reason it has endured the past 114 years so well. The quilt first came West in 1902 when David Mallard moved his family and experience growing cotton to Pima County, Arizona. In 1921, Ruth M. married an Idaho rancher and moved to Teton Valley, bringing the quilt along.

Our class includes drafting, cutting the pieces and constructing the blocks, hand-piecing instruction, analysis of the quilting and how it stabilizes and increases the visual impact of the quilt, and care and storage of heirloom textiles.  We'll also share more of the history behind the quilt.  Heritage Quilt Workshop classes include "box" lunches.

Our reproduction of The 1896 quilt can be hand or machine pieced. Come spend two days with congenial quilters and expert instruction in the splendor of Yellowstone country in the fall.

If you are interested in the Sept. 20-21 classes to make the 1896 quilt, please call (406) 646-4107 to register.

Fabric requirements for the 1896 quilt:

75” x 75” Reproduction   (3 1/2” blocks)

Orange: 10” square

Red: 2 3/4 yards

Indigo: 3 ⅝ yards  (Borders cut lengthwise)

Thread: Piecing: red or black    Quilting: off white

Back: 4 ½ yards 

45” x 45” Single Panel with borders

Color 1: 1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)

Color 2: 2 fat quarters (18” x 22”)

1 straight quarter (9” x 44”)


Inner: ½ yard (borders cut crosswise)

Outer: ⅔ yard (borders cut crosswise)

Back: 1⅓ yards

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