The quilt I chose to interpret was made by Anna Catherine Hummel Markey Garnhart (1773 - 1860) of Frederick, Maryland. From 1815 to 1830, Anna Garnhart made 11 quilts for each of her grandchildren. At least nine of these quilts survive. All feature extensive use of reverse applique and sumptuous fabrics. At least four and possibly seven of the quilts feature a central eagle of her own design, possibly inspired by the eagle printed on an imported china pitcher she owned. The other quilts feature flower baskets in the broderie perse style of applique. The quilt I chose has both and eagle and a flower basket.
Anna's quilt can be seen at the Quilt Index website: http://www.quiltindex.org/. Search for Anna Garnhart.
I chose to interpret only the center medallion of the DAR quilt. Being faithful to Anna, I used reverse applique for the eagle and stars. I was half-way through the leaf border surrounding the medallion using regular needle-turn applique when I realized that Anna had probably used reverse applique for her quilt. My quilt is 40'' x 32'' and I call it "Remembering Anna Garnhart."
|Remembering Anna Garnhart|
Last year, Sue Wildemuth of Illinois contacted me with the news that she was working on an interesting project called "Eagle Motif Wallhanging Decade by Decade". She wanted to collect a wallhanging inspired by an eagle quilt from every decade through 2010 and asked if I would like to take part. The quilt was to be no larger than 24'' x 24''. I loved the idea and the 1820s decade was not taken yet so Anna's quilt was the perfect inspiration. I loved making it again with a few changes to accommodate the size. This quilt is called Anna's Eagle. And it gave me the opportunity to place the eagle facing in the right direction this time!
Here is Sue's blog: http://sew-eyeoftheneedlequilthistory.blogspot.com/
And, recently I found that I could have saved a lot of time and energy because Wyndham fabrics has produced a fabric line inspired from the DAR collection which included a panel of Anna's quilt.
|Printed panel of Anna's quilt|
Looks like Wyndham got the eagle facing the wrong way too!