November 11, 2012

A Quaker Quilt and "Apple Pie Ridge Stars" at Colonial Williamsburg

On November 9, 2012, Mary had the great pleasure and honor of presenting a lecture titled "Tracking the Apple Pie Ridge Star" as part of the conference "Influences on American Quilts: Baltimore to Bengal" at Colonial Williamsburg.  The conference included an incredible line-up of speakers and topics.  It coincided with a splendid exhibition of "Quilts in the Baltimore Manner" that was co-curated by Linda Baumgarten and Kim Ivey. The exhibition runs through May 11, 2014.

 
 
The exhibitiion in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum "showcases 12 fine examples of the Baltimore Quilt tradition with a sampling of quilts made in nearby counties as well as in parts of Virginia."  It includes the c. 1850 Pidgeon Family Quilt inscribed primarily by Quaker members of Sandy Spring Meeting, Maryland, and Hopewell Meeting, Virginia, and compiled by Sarah Chandlee Pidgeon.
 
 
Exhibit gallery, "Quilts in the Baltimore Manner" at Colonial Williamsburg.  Pidgeon
Family Quilt is seen at left.
 
After Mary's many years of research into the Pidgeon Family Quilt, and its appearance in several publications, it is a thrill to see the quilt so beautifully displayed, being enjoyed by so many.
 
 
Mary Holton Robare and the Pidgeon Family Quilt.
 
As explained in the museum's labels, lights are low and on timers, and quilts are hung behind protective glass to minimize stress and exposure to potentially harmful elements.  Remarkably, the textiles are highly visible even under low lights.  Below is a detail of one block of the Pidgeon Family Quilt.
 
 
The "Apple Pie Ridge Star" block pattern was previously addressed in this blog's posts of February 4th and 22nd, 2012.  Although this pattern appears on a cluster of five related mid-nineteenth century Quaker quilts, it is not exclusively Quaker.  It was favored by many groups, such as the Methodists who compiled one of the exhibited quilts for a traveling minister.  You can see its fleur-de-lis-style medallion ("Apple Pie Ridge Star") fourth from the left in the top row of this quil top.
 
 
"Album Quilt Top" probably assembled by Mrs. William George Eggleston, 1844-1847,
Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland.  Colonial
Williamsburg Museum purchase 1999.609.2.  
 

Versions of this pattern also appear on the following quilt.
 
 
Exhibited "Album Quilt", 1846, Baltimore, Maryland.  Maker unknown.
Colonial Williamsburg Museum purchase 2009.609.3.
 
 
 
Detail of the two "Apple Pie Ridge Star" blocks that appear in the quilt above.
All photographs by Mary Holton Robare.
 
 
You can download a brochure of the recent conference here:
 
And learn more about the current quilt exhibit here:
 
Sources:
 
Learn more about the Pidgeon Family Quilt and the "Apple Pie Ridge Star" here:
 
Carter, Hazel. "Apple Pie Ridge Star Quilts." In Blanket Statements, 100.   Lincoln, NE: American Quilt Study Group, Summer, 2010.
 
Robare, Mary Holton.  "The Apple Pie Ridge Star." In Blanket Statements, 86, edited by Gaye Ingram.  Lincoln, NE: American Quilt Study Group, 2007.
 
_________________  Quilts and Quaker Heritage: Selections from an Exhibition, Virginia Quilt Museum May 3-September 22, 2008.  Winchester, VA: Hillside Studios,2008.
 
_________________  "Cheerful and Loving Persistence: Two Historical Quaker Quilts." In Uncoverings, 2007, edited by Joanna E. Evans.  Volume 28 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group.
 
_________________  "Quaker Networks Revealed in Quilts." In Proceedings of the Textile History Forum.  Cherry Valley, NY: Textile History Forum, 2007.
 
Virginia Consortium of Quilters.  Quilts of Virginia: The Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle.  Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2006.
 

 
(c) Lynda Salter Chenoweth and Mary Holton Robare, 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 






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