"Chimney Sweep" or "Album" Quilt. Circa 1898
"This marvelous quilt was made as a fund-raiser for the English Lutheran Church of Sacramento. It was built where the Oak Park Community Center is located. It was the first Lutheran Church in this area where services were conducted in English, not in a Scandinavian or German language.
Luckily the cotton twill material of this quilt is sturdier than most cottons so it has survived in excellent condition. The embroidered names are a roll call of established family names and business in the Sacramento Area. Embroidered in a block at the top is:
'This quilt was made by the Ladies Aid Society of the English Lutheran Church of Sacramento, California. Won by Mrs. Traver July 11, 1898 Total proceeds of quilt $375. Mrs. Traver amount $128'.'
It appears that each member of the Ladies Aid Society had an assigned block on which to embroider the names of persons and businesses who paid for such signatures. The very center block has the names of five historic Sacramento businesses - - -Weinstock & Lubin, Miller & McMullen, Hale Bros. & Co. and Wasserman Davies & Co.
The four adjoining blocks are Chinese characters and other blocks also have such embroidered characters. Olivia Chan of C & C Market in Folsom reports they are the names of individuals.
|Dimensions||W-74.5 L-74.5 inches|