Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Civil War Quilts @ Illinois State Museum

I enjoyed the Civil War Quilts at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois, last week. I thought I would share some with you.
Exquisite embroidery.


Sunbursts were about 6 inches across
Signature quilt
Exquisite quilting.

The Seven Star quilt is a design I have never seen. Of course, I've never done research about Civil War quilts. The quilt intrigued me. Each star was made of 6 diamond pieces - I think you can see that in the center grouping below.
Seven Stars
 It was very uniform. 
It looked very utilitarian.
I put my hand right next to the quilt to help with the scale. Such tiny pieces!
My fingers were NOT touching the quilt!
If you are in Springfield, this is a great museum. We didn't even know it existed! There are lots of neat attractions in our Capitol, including the Lincoln Museum. Last week, thanks to Emily, we found a hidden treasure! In case you missed the last post, the Illinois State Museum is also free!


  1. Thanks so much for reminding me of the treasure of the Illinois State Museum. I've had going to the Museum to see the quilts on my list of things to do for the longest time - so long, in fact, that I totally forgot all about it. We're at best an hour and a half from the Museum ... we need to get up there one of these days soon! In the meantime, I'm getting inspiration from your pictures. ;-)

  2. And all hand done.....just imagine! They certainly are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Doreen

    1. Yes all hand done and some with great precision! And that signature quilt with names you can still read - must have had acid free pens! ~Jeanne

  3. Wow! Those are some amazing quilts and the quilting on them is just amazing. Thanks so much for the quilt show.



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