If you live anywhere near Chicago, I highly recommend the free exhibit at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery in the Thompson Center downtown. The exhibit is called "Civil War Era Quilts."
I was able to take a few pictures without flash. These are the ones that spoke to me the most. All pieced ones because that is my thing, but there were some beautiful applique ones there too.
|Double Irish Chain, c. 1862|
|Sorry, I didn't get the details on the maker.|
|Dutch Rose Variation, c. 1855|
made by Sarah C. (Vaughan) Black, 1834-1914
|Broken Wheel Variation, 1855-1862|
Made by Mary Elizabeth Byrod (Fortenbaugh), 1838-1929