Lone Star with floral applique, Indian Quilt
Top By: David, Anna
Quilted By: David, Anna
Date: ca 1920
Location Made: Peshawbestown, Michigan (MI)
Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection
Contributor: Michigan State University Museum
ID Number: 86.0482 AIQP
Quilt Size: 76 x 91
Construction: Hand Piecing, Hand Applique
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Other Notes: Caption from the Michigan Quilts book;
These two quilts of the Star of Bethlehem or Lone Star pattern are known to have been made by two Native American women from Leelanau County, Michigan. According to James M. McClurken, co-author with James A. Clifton and George L. Cornell, of People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibway of Michigan, the star and floral motifs exhibited in these two quilts are typical of components of Ottawa designs. Each square and triangle formed against the white background by the center star is filled with floral designs that embellish the central design and mimic designs depicted in earlier porcupine quill work and beaded pieces of the same region. It is probable that Native Americans began quilting after the Grand Traverse Mission period; the first person who was recorded to have had furniture in his home, and thus have a need for domestic furnishings such as quilts, was Agosa, who lived on Old Mission penninsula during the mid 1840s.
Little is known about the maker of quilt no. 118. She sold it to Mrs. Richard Lay, who in turn passed it on to its current owners, Elizabeth and Vernon Keye.
The owner of quilt no. 119, Florence Lackie Hanes, writes that her father, Walter Lackie, acquired it "as a trade for some farm goods. Always treasured by the family, and never used [it is] just called the Indian Quilt." The quiltmaker was known to the family as Mrs. Ogahmahgegedo, but further research has revealed that she may also have been known as Catherine or Jenny Steele. She lived in a settlement known as Ahgosatown, located between Omena and Northport, Michigan.
From Marsha MacDowell, 8/9/2004
On Saturday in Traverse City, while attending a meeting of some Native artists, I met Margaret (nee David) Boyle, daughter of Anna David, the maker of the Odawa quilt. She confirmed that the her mother's name was Anna--not Margaret.
Related Items/Publications: Michigan Quilts (1987) book, figure 118, page 83.To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions (1997) book, page 32. Great Lakes, Great Quilts (2001) book, page 39.
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David, Anna. Lone Star with floral applique. ca 1920. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-AFE. Accessed: 12/9/2016