Friday, October 14, 2011

The Great Newark Quilt Turning

It was a wonderful treat to see thirty-two quilts up-close and personal at the Newark Museum's "The Great Newark Quilt Turning" on September 27th. Four stations--each with eight quilts--were set up in the main area of the museum and those of us who had signed up for the event were directed to start at one of the stations. Five full minutes were spent on each quilt and then it was time to move on. I was particularly interested in quilts with a known NJ provenance. 

This c. 1800 Orange Peel quilt was descended in the family of Phebe and Isaac Nichols of Newark, NJ.

 Here's a detail.

A c. 1815-1825 Star of Bethlehem top only. Perth Amboy, NJ.

A broderie perse bird.

A wonderful pillar print quilt 1825-35. 

  A total surprise! Check out this fabric on the back of the quilt.

An 1830-40 Chimney Sweep quilt with signatures. 

Inscribed Willy H. Eddy.

An 1862 Flower Basket quilt made in New Vernon, NJ. 

Rinehart Album quilt, 1852. Made by members of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Port.

There are 121 blocks in this quilt. This one is inscribed William R. Price. 

Red and White Album Quilt, 1840-50. Made by the Ladies Aid Society, Salem Baptist Church, Salem, NJ.

Here's a detail.

I'm looking forward to going back to the Newark Museum tomorrow to attend the screening of the documentary film "Stitched" by Jena Moreno.


  1. Love a Passion for Quilts. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. Don't know if I will ever get to see quilts like these in person. I appreciate your taking the time to share.

  2. Thanks for the photos. Why don't you do another printing of NJ Quilts book?

  3. Thanks for sharing, excellent!

  4. We have no plans to reprint NJ Quilts at the moment but that can always change.