Textiles and the Triplett Sisters
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Fabric Challenge
A recent exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum showcased all the quilts made from the four reproduction fabric lines: Rising Sun, Cross Quilt, Bethlehem Star, and American Patch. This exhibition also featured the quilts which inspired the reproduction fabric. Blazing Star/Star of Bethlehem is full of indigos and cheddar, as well as Prussian Blue which makes it real eye candy. The quilt was made by a member of the Speck family c. 1860-1880.
The quilt that inspired the Rising Sun fabric line, was also made by a member of the Speck family. This quilt also uses a variation on the large main Lone Star but surrounded by blocks of more stars. The quilt is believed to have been created in 1840-1860.
The Cross Quilt was made about 1880 and is a simple pattern with lots of shirting and striped fabrics. The American Patch Quilt is also c.1880 and filled with even more fabrics. Two half-square triangle blocks are mixed in with the four patch and one patch blocks framed with strips. Thank goodness for the families that saved and treasured these quilts to provide us a glimpse of the fabrics for us to create from today.