Monday, December 26, 2011

Pennsylvania Fraktur Quilt

It is that time of year again.  Time to open up blanket chests and quilt cupboards and rediscover some of my treasures.  I came across this one yesterday.  It is signature quilt with writing done in the German fraktur style script.  (fraktur=fractured)

This quilt has 13 name blocks.  The center block is Mary J. Auer,  The script is slightly fancier on this block, and the fact that it is in the center, leads me to believe this was made for Mary.  It is not dated, but based on other examples I have seen, as well as the fabrics used, I would date it to ca. 1850-1870.

Some of the other names include Amanda Schafer, William Deibert, William Auer, Priscille Steward, and Ruben Steward.

 The back.
 The X is sewn down by machine.
One of my many future projects will be to research the names on the quilt to find out where and when it might have been made,

Here a couple other treasure I found that I have listed for sale on Etsy, which, by the way, has been successful for me.  I thank everyone who has browsed and/or bought items and those who may have passed the link onto a friend.  I appreciate it!


  1. The signature quilt is so pretty, including the names and the interesting X blocks.

  2. Great quilt, I hope you can find some information about the people named on there. That would really be neat!

  3. What a beautiful quilt! I love fraktur.

    Happy New Year Ann!


  4. What fun it must be to be looking through your cabinets and chests to see what you can find! There is always something interesting every time, isn't there? All of these are lovely. Hope you can find some info on the names! ---"Love"

  5. I wish I could transport your cabinets to my home! Wonderful! It will be interesting to see what you find in your research.

  6. The Fractur quilt is lovely and that backing is over the top!!!
    I'm glad Etsy is working for you. It's nice to have a place to sell.