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Quilts U to Z

UFQ: An unfinished quilt. A quilt top that you have started and never quite found the time to complete.


Union Square

Maker unknown, possibly made in Cass County, Michigan
Circa 1875-1895
International Quilt Study Center, Ardis and Robert James Collection,
1997.007.0053

Utility Quilt: A quilt made for everyday use, generally in a simple pattern with simple quilting
designs.


Variable Star

Maker unknown, possibly made in Pennsylvania
Circa 1860-1880
91" x 71"
International Quilt Study Center, Ardis and Robert James Collection,
1997.007.0087

The eight-point star is a basic and enduring design in the quilting tradition. There are numerous variations of this design, with even more numerous names to accompany them.


Virginia Reel

Alternate pattern name: Flyfoot
Maker unknown, possibly made in Pennsylvania
Circa 1900
66" x 66"
International Quilt Study Center, Jonathan Holstein Collection, 2003.003.0182
Purchase made possible through James Foundation Acquisition Fund, partial gift of Jonathan Holstein

Wall Quilt: A small quilt intended to be used as wall decoration.

Warp/Weft: The woven thread in the fabric. Warp threads are long and run from top to bottom in the length of the material. Weft threads run from side to side and are generally shorter.


Whig Rose variation

Caroline Stevens Cherry, Nebraska
Circa 1872
90" x 86"
Nebraska State Historical Society, Source: Mrs. C. Lloyd Peterson (Verona Fellers),
9349-1

This Whig Rose-style quilt, named after a political party active in the United States from 1834 to 1854, was given to Verona Fellers by her grandmother, Susan Isabelle Cherry Fellers. Susan came from Ohio to Nebraska by covered wagon in 1870 and lived near Clatonia. She married Wesley Fellers of Dewitt in 1876. This quilt was given to Susan by her stepmother, Caroline Stevens Cherry, around 1872.

White Work: A quilt of solid white fabric in which the entire design is in the quilting stitches.

Whole-Cloth Quilt: A quilt made from one large piece of fabric, usually a solid color, that is quilted.


Windblown Star

Alternate name: Windblown Square
Judith Thompson, Wenonah, New Jersey
1992
59" x 51"
Nebraska State Historical Society, Source: Nebraska Quasquicentennial Commission
11418-1

Judith Thompson, a Nebraska native living in New Jersey, made this quilt that she called "Nebraska Governors 1867-1992," for the Nebraska Quasquicentennial celebration in 1992. The quilter noted at the time that she included some pre-1921 fabric samples from the House of Dresses, an Omaha dry goods store. All of the living Nebraska governors signed her quilt.


Windblown Tulips
Maker unknown, possibly made in Nebraska
Circa 1930s
88" x 86"
Nebraska State Historical Society, Source: Mrs. B. N. Nesmith,
9406-33

Post-World War I improvements in synthetic dye manufacturing resulted in increased production of colorfast fabrics in a broad array of colors. Light colors and pastels were very popular in the late 1920s through the 1950s, and this quilt is a good example of that trend.


Young Man's Fancy

Alternate pattern name: Bachelor's Puzzle
Maker unknown, possibly made in Pennsylvania
Circa 1910
82" x 76"
International Quilt Study Center, Jonathan Holstein Collection, 2003.003.0205
Purchase made possible through James Foundation Acquisition Fund, partial gift of Jonathan Holstein


Yoyo

Maker unknown, possibly made in the Midwest
Circa 1915-1935
89" x 84"
International Quilt Study Center, Ardis and Robert James Collection,
1997.007.0896.1

Although it is technically not a quilt, since there is no batting or backing, this piece is fun and interesting to look at.

Yoyo: Fabric circles that are gathered, flattened, and jointed to make a lightweight, unbacked coverlet. Single yoyos can be used for appliqué.

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