The Wednesday Quilt Show

If it's Wednesday, it must be The Wednesday Quilt Show! This week we're going to look at some antique samplers that are a continuing source of inspiration for me! If you want your quilt shown here, with a link to your blog or website, please shoot me an email at or check the submission guidelines found to your right. No blog or website? No problem - I'll share your quilt as well!

This week, the quilts all come from the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is a wonderful site to visit to ooh and ahh over quilts. Their database of quilts is a treasure trove for those interested in quilting history or if you just want to get some inspiration! The quilt number is listed below each quilt with a link to it. You can visit the IQS site to get all the information about each quilt there.

I chose these quilts to honor the Heritage Sampler I'm teaching at Heritage Fine Fabrics in Belton Mo. (Click the Heritage Sampler label at the end of this post for more info.) We have been meeting since last summer and are getting close to finishing the class. Look for photos of it as soon as I get the top done!

Sunnyside Album - 1894
Of course this is the quintessential kind of sampler for me.
I love the randomness of the blocks - no regard for scale
and proportion at all! But isn't it still wonderful?
No Title - 1940-50
The bold colors make this quilt stand out.
And I like all the solids mixed in with the prints.
I'm in a huge solids phase right now...
No Title - 1890-1910
Although there's a lot going on in this quilt, I think
you can tell that these are overly appliqued and
embroidered flowers on a crazy quilt
background. Her attention to detail is immense.
She truly was a Queen of Patience!
No Title - 1920-1940
Another sampler, but the pastels reflect
the era in which it was made.

Beatrice Quilt - 1890
And now for something completely different...
This is an embroidered signature quilt. Notice how the
embroidery looks like quilt blocks? I love it --
it's a lot easier to get points to match in embroidery!
My grandmother was born in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1900.
Could some of these people have known my family?

Disclaimer: All these comments are strictly my own and may or may not have historical validity!


  1. Love the embroidered signature quilt. I can see doing this in alternating blocks on some quilts as well. How do you think it was quilted? I can't tell in the picture.


  2. Hi LaDonna,
    It might not be quilted - maybe it's just a coverlet. On the website, there's no information about the quilting, so I suspect it's not!

    Maybe someone else has some ideas???

  3. Great display of quilts! Love the first one and that signature quilt!!


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