Monday, May 28, 2012

Signature Blocks

As I was cleaning out my little red cupboard yesterday, I came across some signature blocks that I have collected.  These blocks never made it into a quilt obviously, but signature quilts were popular in the mid 19th century.  As you can see, some of these are dated in the late 1840's.

 Turkey red, again very popular around 1850.  This one says Elisebeth Seiverd 1846 in tiny cross stitch.

 William Glendining 1846

 Lean Garman 1846
 The next two have ink stamped names.  M. Glendining.

 M A Wilsonor (?).
 Prussian blue, again a clue to ca. 1850, this color was very popular in quilts at that time.

 May House. Windsor. Oct, th 10, 1848.  Written in ink.
 H. S. Kunkle, Harrisburg Pa.  I wish I have a yard of this cheddar fabric!

 In beautiful script, David S. Raber, Lebanon, Pa. January 12, 1848
Catharine Landis 1846.  The name is a well known name in Lancaster County.  There is a museum called the Landis Valley Museum, and, I suppose, there is a Landis Valley to go with it.


  1. Kinda sad they were never made into a quilt. Do you plan to do that? ---"Love"

  2. Love these blocks - the fabric is all wonderful!

  3. Those are amazing! Imagine how long ago they were signed and wonder what their life was like. You could google the names maybe.

  4. These blocks are just fantastic - the color so strong. Loved looking at them!

  5. Oh goodness so gorgeous and so early. Just amazing.

  6. I have enjoyed seeing your collection of signature blocks. You have such interesting quilts and blocks.

  7. Will you do anything with them? Maybe they should be in a museum? The color looks so vibrant and fresh and the needlework is superb.


  8. Great block. Wonderful fabrics. Ah yes that Prussian blue wasn't that reproduced by wind ham a few years ago?

  9. Those are great, it is amazing how well preserved they are. I wonder what people will think in 150 years about the things we create. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  10. I had the same thought when I saw that Cheddar...sigh...

  11. What wonderful treasures. Wouldn't it be nice to know who these people were and what the blocks were for. Thanks for sharing.