MQP Chimney Sweep Quilt Reproduction Project

Have you ever found an old quilt at a garage sale, estate sale or in your attic and wonder where it came from and who made it? MQP was recently presented with a quilt that was old but was not in very good shape. There was no label to identify the maker or where it was made.
MQP member, Carolyn Silfow, wanted to bring life to the quilt. She first noticed that one of the chimney sweep blocks was inscribed with "Lavina Fedderly, Kilbourne City". To investigate the date when the quilt was made, Carolyn looked online at Ancestory.com and found out that Lavina Lewis was born in 1856 and married Alfred Fedderly in 1878.

This first clue indicated that the quilt was probably made after 1878. Then Carolyn discovered census data revealing that the Fedderly's lived in Kilbourn City which was platted in the 1850s.

Further research revealed a second clue, that Kilbourn City was renamed Kilbourn in 1895. Thus, the quilt was likely made before 1895. The town of Kilbourn was later renamed to Wisconsin Dells in 1931. Lavina and her husband were buried in Wisconsin Dells

These two clues about the family lead us to believe that the quilt was likely made between 1878 and 1895. Several members of MQP, who are expert quilt historians, confirmed that the fabric used in the quilt support this time frame.

MQP is leading a project to reproduce this quilt using the same Chimney Sweep block. Members of MQP and Minnesota Quilters are volunteering to make a block. Pat Cox is providing the background fabric. Quilters are using reproduction fabrics from their personal stash, purchased from their favorite Quilt Store or found on-line to complete each block. Volunteers are asked to have the blocks completed by October, 2014. MQP will arrange to have the quilt will be assembled.

The original tattered quilt and the reproduced quilt will be displayed side by side at the Minnesota Quilters, Inc. 37th Annual Quilt Show & Conference in 2015.

If you would like to be part of the project by making one of the blocks, please contact MQP for instructions and enough background fabric for one block.

Click here for Chimney Sweep block instructions

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Original Blocks 14, 19, 23, 28, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42 & 46 were not photographed because they were too ragged.
Block 45 was not photographed because it had faded to white.
Block 37 Repo (no original picture due to condition) Block 41 Repo (no original picture due to condition) Side Block Red with beige leaves
Side Block Black with red flower gold line Side Block Blue Red Gold Brown leaves on black Side Block Brown wavy lines, leaves Side Block Brown with Black floral design
Side Block Brown with black white flower Side Block Green with white squiggle Side Block Pink Red sprigs Side Block Purple with white tulips