Flannel Flag “Premiums” Quilt
As I was making my way through the Colorado Rockies, I stumbled upon an antique shop that had a collection of flannel flags from countries all over the world stacked up on a shelf. Oh, the excitement I felt when I found out about this treasure! The answer can be found in the research.
At the tail end of the 1800s and into the early 1900s, many manufacturers of wheat, sugar, and tea included a miniature flag or banner with their product. On occasion, these would be crafted from flannel, while on other occasions, they would be fashioned of silk. In addition, customers who bought tobacco received free mini flannel flags or banners of various designs.
Quilts and tablecloths were both common uses for these fabrics when they were made by women. Some of the silk banners are relatively small in size, and some of them feature portraits of ladies. The flannel pieces come in a variety of sizes, with some being rather enormous. They feature themes such as flags, college crests, and Indian patterns.
Antique Patriotic Quilt
This antique patriotic quilt is part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum. I have no idea why the quilter put the flags upside-down in the top row and the bottom row. Any ideas? An upside down flag is a sign of distress or turmoil. Maybe we were at war?
Memorial Day Selvage Quilt
Today in the US we are honoring those who gave their lives serving our country. This patriotic selvage quilt is the creation of Diane Schneck of New York City and fellow member of Empire Quilters.
National Tribute Quilt
This is a close-up view of part of the National Tribute Quilt, made in honor of the people who lost thier lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Did you know the 30th President of the US Quilted?
Did you know our 30th President Quilted?
Calvin Coolidge was just a boy, I think maybe 10 or younger. The boys back then had to learn because it helped them with the horses’ equipment.
Mr. Coolidge’s Mother had tuberculosis and so as a young boy, he would sit with his Mother and they would quilt.
They made one Quilt together and it now hangs in a museum.
As added information:
For the 4th of July celebration in 2005, Fiber Arts in Vermont organized a raffle to benefit the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site for the care and preservation of its textile collection. Details about the event and Coolidge’s quilt can be found at:
Calvin Coolidge Quilt Reproduction Auctioned in 2005
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