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LAURENS COUNTY'S VERY OWN EXHIBIT - "ANTIQUE QUILT COLLECTIONS"

Updated: Jun 10

LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM

116 SOUTH PUBLIC SQUARE

LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA


“ANTIQUE QUILT COLLECTION EXHIBIT”

 

Beginning June 22, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Tuesdays through Saturdays

 

Exhibit is open to the public and is free to view


The Museum’s extensive antique quilt collection will be on display for several weeks. There are quilts as old as one hundred seventy (170) years old that have been donated to the Museum for historical purposes.  Also, the staff is talking with the State Museum in hopes to secure the Andrew Johnson and Sara Word Hance for exhibit as well.  The Johnson / Word quilt exhibit may be for only a day because of all that is involved in its preservation and historical significance.


During this quilt exhibit this summer, the Museum Board and Staff will be holding a "Quilt Raffle" from June 22, 2024 thru August 31, 2024. This beautiful quilt was made by the local "The Loose Threads Quilt Guild". The tickets are five dollars ($5.00) each - OR - one can purchase five (5) tickets for twenty dollars ($20.00). The winner will be announced on August 31, 2024 so don't miss your chance to possibly be the winner. The raffle quilt will be displayed at the Museum during this time and.


More details are forthcoming about this quilting exhibit as well as quilting workshops and other opportunities that will be held all through the Summer months.

 

Scheduled to date are:

July 12, 2024 - Sewing Workshop - Suellen Holmes

July 27, 2024 - Flower Dye Pounding - Walk in Workshop - Judith Brown

August 17, 2024 - Gathering of Quilters and Military Quilts of Valor Wrapping

August 12-17, 2024 - Loose Threads Quilting Guild Quilts on Display

August 31, 2024 - Quilt Raffle


Do watch for these updates and times.  


FROM SIMPLE TO COMPLEX.....                                   .......FROM NEW AGE TO VINTAGE



 






The earliest known quilted garment is found on a carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh from the ancient Egyptian Dynasty and in an archaeological dig a floor covering was discovered in Mongolia that dates back to 100 BC and 200 AD


Tristan Quilt (left), the earliest known surviving European bed quilt from the 14th century of Italy and is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

This early American whole cloth quilt (right) was made in the Colonial period - 1760–1800.  In American Colonial era. The quilts were predominantly whole-cloth quilts—a single piece of fabric layered with batting and backing held together with fine needlework quilting.

 

 Native American baby in cradle board with baby star quilt (left). Native American women developed their own unique style, the Lone Star design (also called the Star of Bethlehem),

 

And not to forget the quilt President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) and Sarah Word Hance (1807-1883), 1824 made

together.  In 1824, Andrew Johnson, a 16-year-old tailor arrived in Laurens, South Carolina. He fell in love with a local woman named Sarah Word and proposed for her hand in marriage. Together they made this quilt for that special day. She put her initials on it and left room for his, which she said would have to wait until after they were married. However, her family refused his marriage offer. He soon left town, eventually making his way to Tennessee, entering politics. He became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Sarah stayed in Laurens and later married William Hance.





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