Medallion Quilts

Medallion quilts are those that have a central focus to which borders have been added to expand the quilt to the desired size.  This type of quilt was popular at the beginning of the 19th century.  The whitework traupunto quilt, probably made in 1810, below features an arrangement of flowers in a two handled vase in the center with smaller arrangements of flowers in a vase in each corner and a border of a palmetto type leaf.  Each of the examples shown here was made by a fine needleworker and the quilting is exquisite.

The 500 Year Quilt, below, was made in 2011 by Linda Fisher is arranged out in a medallion format.  (Gift of Linda Fisher (Mrs. Charles), TTU-H2016-005-006).
The Jacobean Tree of Life quilt below was made from a kit in the last quarter of the 20th century and was created in a medallion style. The piece also came with a valence with similar applique decoration.(Gift of Linda Fisher (Mrs. Charles) TTU-H2015-084-004)

Circa 1940 Floral Basket Medallion quilt, below, was made by Cleo Woodward.  The beautiful quilting can be seen on this piece, even though the batting is very think.  (Gift of Bonnie Jonas Aycock [Mrs. Robert Rex], TTU-H2016-051-009)


Geoffrey Beene Dress

This empire waisted brown linen dress with white patent leather belt was worn in 1969 by Mrs. Arnold J. Kremen, whose husband Dr. Arnold Kremen served in World War II, retired from the US Army as a Major, and became a renown surgeon.  The cool, comfortable dress is an excellent example of the simple, comfortable, dressy women’s wear that Geoffrey Beene was recognized for.  Although 45 years old, the style would be acceptable to wear today.  Gift of the sons of the Kremens, Dr. Alan Kremen of Oroville, CA and Dr. Mark Kremen of Omaha. TTU-H1971-085-014.  Rochas for Spring 2017 is showing an empire line dress in silk with feminine ruffles along the empire line, spaghetti straps worn over a knitted t-shirt, below.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-16-25-am

Seven Sisters Quilt


A recent addition to the collection is this Seven Sisters Quilt which was probably made in the 1890s  by Mattye Mae Taylor who lived in Graham, Texas.  It came to the Museum as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Joe Moody (Charlotte Lamb), TTU-H2016-020-002.  Nancy Cabot who wrote about quilts in a syndicated column through the Chicago Tribune said in 1933 that The Seven sisters quilt block is dedicated to “the seven lovely daughters of the Fowler family” of Old Virginia. Other names for the pattern in 1933 when Nancy wrote the column were Seven Stars and Virginia Pride.

Welcome to the Clothing and Textiles Division Blog

Welcome to the new blog from the Clothing and Textiles Division of the Museum of Texas Tech University.  Periodically new research, new acquisitions and general interest items from the world of fashion and textiles will be shared.

There are thousands of stories in the over 32,000 objects in the Clothing and Textiles collection and this is the place those stories will be shared.  I hope to share with you what I’m discovering in the collection and hope you enjoy the stories.