“Tile Flower,” 1927 by Evelyn Mae Sweet Shaw
Shaw’s daughter-in-law Rose Shaw with quilt
Photo/Story by Diane Disse
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“Tile Flower,” a quilt made in 1927 by Evelyn Mae Sweet Shaw and now owned by her daughter-in-law Rose Shaw, is on display now through May at the Log Cabin Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society. The cotton quilt is 10.25 feet square. The quilter used a blind stitch set on point and alternating with piecing and appliquéing techniques. The quilt is green and white and is also referred to as “Bouquet of Applique.”
“Several relatives helped stitch the quilt, but their work was so similar that the stitches can’t be distinguished from one another,” quilt owner Rose Shaw said.
A changing display at the Log Cabin Museum features historic or notable quilts. Quilts constructed prior to 1960 are documented by the Quilt Heritage Project of Lincoln County, which is sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild in partnership with the Lincoln County Historical Society.
The goals of the Quilt Heritage Project are to register all quilts made in or brought to Lincoln County; create a photo archive of quilts with the Lincoln County Historical Society; encourage proper care and storage of heirloom textiles; encourage families to enjoy and retain these special heirloom textiles; and heighten public awareness of quilts as unique pieces of American folk art, especially Oregon folk art.
The Lincoln County Historical Society/Oregon Coast History Center, which includes the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, is located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Log Cabin is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Oregon Coast History Center is administered by the Lincoln County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. For more information, call 541-265-7509.