Coryell Museum in Gatesville, Texas

22 08 2015

Gatesville, in Coryell County Texas, has at least one claim to fame; it is home to the Coryell Museum and Hostorical Center. We bribed the grandkids with the promise of a pizza lunch if they would first accompany us to the museum. Click here to read about the museum and see pictures of some of the exhibits.

There was something to interest everyone: the spur collection of Lloyd Mitchell, a double walled log jail, a school room, hair salon with “scary” multi-wired electric curler contraption, soda shop, wicker funeral casket for home viewing, chuck wagon box and prairie schooner. Of course I was most interested in the quilts. Many were signature quilts made between 1900 and 1930.


Names were embroidered in the centers of the stars in the upper quilt . Click on the picture for an enlargement; you will see embroidered cowgirls as alternate blocks for the appliqued cowboys.


This scrappy quilt is an old pattern of muslin shaped bowties and quarter circle prints, constructed with careful curved piecing. The muslin area of each 6″ block gives ample space for embroidering names. If I made this quilt today, I would applique quarter circles of print fabrics in opposite corners of a muslin foundation.


The Dresden Plate quilt was a planned scrappy quilt. I imagine that the plan was for each person to make a Dresden Plate with just two fabrics, a solid and a print. The setting is unusal – in rows with orange sashing. Next in line, the patriotic quilt is simple yet striking.


This quilt was most interesting to me because I have never seen this design. Have you? Do you know the name of the design? The shapes look a little bit like photo corners in old scrapbooks. Maybe the quilt planner thought the design would be appropriate for an album quilt of signatures.

We all enjoyed our nostalgic walk through yesteryear at the Coryell Museum, and Studebakers Pizza afterwards was the best!




2 responses

22 08 2015
Marie Krause

Wonderful quilts! How fun to see a never before seen pattern. I hope you are staying cool in August in Texas.

22 08 2015

These quilts are great! I love the Dresden plate one, and it gives me some good ideas for setting!

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