Thursday, September 6, 2012

Historic Quilt

Crazy Quilt
ca. 1879 - 1890
made by Agnes Bell Cunningham (1843 - 1924)
Sue and I visited the Pioneer Museum in Lander recently. The first display inside the museum featured a Crazy Quilt created by Agnes Bell Cunningham. I have never seen such an extensively embellished Crazy Quilt.

 Agnes even added embroidery to the edge. The information card inside the case stated that Agnes immigrated from Glasgow, Scotland and eventually settled in Wyoming. She crossed the Great Plains three times in 1879, which could not have been an easy journey.



The quilt was large enough for a double bed, but due to poor lighting and a glare on the display case's glass, it was impossible to get a photo of the entire quilt.

Agnes Bell Cunningham was certainly skilled with a needle. 

13 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of stitching! So pretty.

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  2. Oh my goodness, that quilt is so colorful and interesting to look at. What a lot of work though!! Gees...she had patience. She also must have a been a tough and fearless lady; crossing the Great Plains once seems like it would have been experience enough!

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  3. crazy quilts are so much fun. I think you can find something new every single time you look at it. g

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  4. WOW! The details on that are absolutely amazing!

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  5. What a great thread artist. I can't imagine the hours that went into that beautiful creation.
    Rebel Follower

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  6. Ah that's handstitched?! Ah! That is amazing!

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  7. It is definitely a CRAZY quilt!! I love the randomness of the designs. Something about it speaks to my heart.

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  8. It is so humbling to see a quilt like that, and hear the story of the maker. Imagine what her life must have been like, and how much she endured, and still took the time to be creative, and develop such a talent. Amazing! We have so many conveniences today, and yet she was able to do all that without electricity or fancy tools, managed to take care of her household, feed her family, and avoid Indians! Sheesh!

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  9. Wow. I cannot even imagine. What a talented, brave woman she was!

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  10. Thanks for the great photos. I love CQ! Can you imagine making a quilt all by hand and then embellishing it...without electricity?

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  11. So glad to meet her through YOU!

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  12. Ove that In the last picture t looks like se has used an old piece of embroidery.
    Linda

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  13. She was a true artist with needle and thread..it is beautiful:)

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