quilt2013 - Featured Quilt 1895 Historic Lutheran Quilt

For our 27th year, we will have a very special quilt on display. We have expanded our membership and, as a result, have so many quilts for sale: we need all the space we can muster for our sale quilts. Therefore, instead of featuring a quilter, we are featuring a quilt which was made in 1895 and recently located in the basement of the First Lutheran Church. The Church has hosted our sale for many years and we were delighted to learn of this historical find.

Our featured quilt was “made by ladies of the SW Lutheran Sewing Society of Boulder”. The quilt is hand embroidered, machine pieced, hand pieced and hand inked. As was the quilting method of the day, it is tied with cotton ply yarn, and has no batting. It is a friendship quilt with 193 names embroidered on the blocks in red and white embroidery floss. There are 56 blocks, approximately 8” square. The predominant colors are red and white. Most blocks have a flower, an insect, rabbit or frog and the names of the square’s creator embroidered in the center. The quilt top was given to Mr. & Mrs. John Mork by their granddaughter, Sharron Riesberg. John Mork was the architect who drew the plans for the Ryssby parsonage, which was located across from the Ryssby Church, a predecessor of the First Lutheran Church. Several current members of the First Lutheran Church are descendants of those whose names are embroidered on the quilt.

This is a very special find for the Church and Interfaith Quilters. We are so proud to display this quilt for our guests. The ladies of the Church will be on hand to provide further history on the quilt and the historic Ryssby Church. This is a fascinating history of both the area and the Lutheran Church.

Please join us to view our featured quilt and all the beautiful quilts that will be on sale. Our prices can’t be beat, nor can the historical background of the Church and it’s members.

(An Article in the Longmont Times Call "Century-old quilt from Longmont church's past is 'a real treasure' ")