Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

1213 Washington Avenue Golden, CO 80401 - 303-277-0377

Object Record

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Catalog Number PQ.1991.001.067
Object Name Quilt, Block
Description Tobacco Flag Quilt; predominant colors: red, yellow, green, blue with rose colored twill cottong backing fabric. Made up of varying sized tobacco premiums. The Colorado Quilt Council, in documenting this quilt, described tobacco flags as "premiums given to tobacco users circa 1915 or earlier." These premiums generally used as the subject flags from countries around the world. Many quiltmakers collected the flags and made quilts from them. The flags in this quilt are embroidered together to form the quilt top. The quilt includes twelve flags at 11'" x 18", fifty-nine flags at 5 1/4" x 8", and twenty-four Indian designs.
The accession records on the Tobacco Flag Quilt include a sample of a reproduction flannel fabric of the premiums, provided in 1996 to the museum by Mrs. Billie Dyer, who purchased the fabric from the R & R Quilt Shop in Amarillo, Texas. The fabric includes the following description on the selvedge: "During the early 1900's until about 1925, flannel flags were offered as a premium in cigar boxes. The flags were from all of the nations at that time. quilters liked to collect the flags, and sew them into quilts, mostly joined and tied, rather than quilted. We hope you enjoy the flags, and make a historical quilt for your heirs. Judy Rothermel."
Artist Chris Brumbaugh's Great Grandmother
Dimensions W-64 L-71.5 inches
Collection Eugenia Mitchell