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Special quilt display and a strange pan at the San Juan Historical Society Museum

A gorgeous pink double wedding ring quilt is on display at the Historical Society Museum this summer as part of the “Montage: A Quilt Show” exhibit, which will run through Sept. 15.

Musetta Wollenweber graciously loaned this quilt for the show. She says about the quilt: “My great-grandmother Rose Allison-Forrest quilted the wedding ring quilt. I believe she lived in Waverly, Tennessee.  Born February 18, 1867 in Humphreys County, Tennessee, died December 20, 1950, Humphreys County.”

Copious amounts of research exist about the history of quilt patterns. Typically quilt historians are able to pinpoint the earliest uses of a pattern in a quilt. This is not the case with the double wedding ring pattern. Though some quilt historians would date the double wedding ring quilt pattern from as early as the 1870s, most historians believe this pattern dates from the early 1900s. The quilt on exhibit likely dates from the 1920s to 1930s.

The granddaughter of Rose Allison-Forrest shares her brief memory of her grandmother and quilting with us, “I remember that there was a quilting frame in the dining room of Grandma’s house that hung from the ceiling and was lowered down to the table when the women got together to quilt.  I never actually saw anyone quilting, but Grandma made a lot of quilts.”

You’ll want to be sure to plan a visit to see this vintage pink quilt along with the others that are part of this showing.

What kind of pan is that?

For years this Ableskiver pan has been an intriguing part of the kitchen display. It appears that one would put some kind of batter in the rounded depressions and oven bake. Not so. The Ableskiver is a Danish pastry with the consistency of a pancake, usually having apple slices in it. The batter is spooned into the pan and cooked on top of the stove. As the batter cooks, the pastry is rotated in the pan so that all sides are cooked. A photo of a pan in use shows the cook using a knitting needle to rotate the Ableskiver. When you see this pan, use your imagination to see how you might turn the pastries. And, if you are feeling adventuresome, Ableskiver pans are available at kitchen specialty stores so that you can try your own.

Free admission

There is no admission fee to the museum. The historical society hopes to encourage more people to visit the museum, view the interesting artifacts and learn more about Archuleta County’s history.

Voluntary donations are gratefully accepted to defray operating expenses.

No quilts are for sale, but the museum has a small gift shop, which carries books of regional historical interest, vintage quilt patterns, Pagosa Springs historical playing cards and a few locally handcrafted items including fabric postcards and tote bags.

The San Juan Historical Society Museum is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street on the eastern end of Pagosa Springs. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Closing date for the season is Sept. 15.

Be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity to visit Pagosa Springs’ own museum.

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