Brownsville, Tennessee Fundraising Quilt

Top By: Mann, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1937
Location Made: Brownsville, Tennessee United States
Project Name: Signature Quilt Project Public Submission
Contributor: Signature Quilt Pilot Project
ID Number: Quilts of Tennessee
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 78 inches x 90 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Solid/plain
Colors: Black, Yellow
Construction: Hand Piecing, Machine Piecing, Embroidery, The quilt has rounded corners and a scalloped border. On three sides, a hand-pieced "ice cream cone" border in yellow and black triangles. The quilt is tied. It has five tiny French knots are at the corners of the quilt blocks. They may be more decorative than useful. The fundraising wreath designs made of name tags are unusual.
Purpose or Function: Fundraising
Other Notes: The quilt was given to the Methodist minister, whose wife and daughter eventually inherited the quilt. When the family retired to East Tennessee, the quilt came with them. An antique dealer acquired the quilt in Knoxville. She gave the quilt to the current owner because she thought it would make an interesting quilt research project., Mary Mann was born in 1873 and died in 1937. She was Methodist, born in rural West Tennessee in the United States.
Inscription: Wreath 4-A Center: "Brownsvill Ct 1937"/Ruth Hay 20 Tags (one name per tag in script) Mrs. Allen Marie Thornton Jessie Waller Mary Ann Thorton Aileen Taylor Hattie Thornton Richard Thornton Elizabeth Thornton Bill Thornton David Gene Taylor George Thornton Elizabeth Moses(?) Fannie Thornton Joe Thornton Bessie Coppedge Ruth Thornton Matilda Taylor Ella Taylor Herbert Thornton Mamie Ross
Related Items/Publications: Photograph of Mary Mann exists. For more information, see: Waldvogel, Merikay Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1990), 60-61. Part of the traveling exhibit: "Soft Covers for Hard Times" travelling exhibit in 1990-1992.
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