Sunday, August 3, 2008

Squirrel quilt

There's been a discussion about quilts depicting possum's on Quilthistory list but here is a quilt* actually made from real squirrel pelts. Yes it is a dead squirrel quilt. Part of the Jean and Boyd Christensen quilt collection at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. The back is very soft deerskin. From Boyd's visit to our quilt appraisal course in 2006, it seems to be his favorite quilt in the collection. They found it in New York and were told it was made by an 11 year old girl. *For purists, it is tied not quilted so it is technically a comfort not a quilt.


  1. I'm so glad I found your blog. You have beautiful quilts and I look forward to seeing more of your collection. This squirrel quilt is exceptional to say the least.

  2. I just found your blog and love the pictures and information about antique quilts. The squirrel quilt...well, we've been battling to get a family of squirrels out of our attic. Perhaps I'll print a pic of the squirrel quilt and post it as a warning to the furry little vermin.

  3. Oh my goodness, Sandra... amazing -- just AMAZING!

    Last week I posted photos of my c. 1940 SKUNK quilt on my FACEBOOK "photos" page.

    Maybe I should do a BLOG entry about "Stinky" -- so we can start cataloguing these unusual mammal and rodent quilts! May find more...? Marmets, Kangas, Gnus? Who "gnows"????

    Julie Silber


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