Quilt Index Record:
Michigan State University MuseumInstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum CollectionInstInvContrNumF004
Page 2-Quiltmaker InformationPresUseF062
Page 3-Physical DescriptionTypeObjF008
Beige or Tan
The quilt is very fragile and tears easily when handled.LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed centerSizeBlockF027
The center chintz is printed with a flowering tree or plant in a vase surrounded by floral motifs. A bird sits on the tree. A printer border with a floral design and a bird in each of the corners, finishes this tan, pink, aqua and cream, 14 3/4" x 16 1/2"MedallionF031
Page 4-Physical Description continuedNumBordersF033
The first border is 5" wide and 5 1/2" on the top and bottom. It is made of 1/2 square triangles. The corners are solid tan and solid cream. The rest are solid cream and a striped floral print in browns and pinks.
The second border has 4 cornerstones 8" square of solid cream with appliques in the striped floral print. The applique is an 8 petaled stylized flower. The corners are connected by 8" x 26" rectangles of a single piece of fabric, a tan ground with a red, blue, cream, vine and a floral motif.
The third border is 4 3/4" wide. Half square triangle corner blocks are a solid tan fabric and a pink and crean medium scale floral print. The rest of the half square triangle blocks are of the same floral print with a solid cream fabric.
The fourth border is 11" wide. It has 8" squares of the same striped floral print used earlier on the quilt, set on point with solid cream setting triangles. The 4 corners are a pink vine with small brown and pink flowers on a cream background.
The fifth border is 4 3/4" wide on the top and bottom of the quilt. Half square triangles of the pink vine and floral print on a cream background.
The sixth border is on three sides only (it's not on the top) and is 5 " wide. Bias cut parallelograms of 2 brown prints alternate with solid cream parallelograms about 4" wide.FiberTypesF035
Same fabric used throughout
Page 5-Binding and QuiltingMatUsedF044
less than a half inchBindWidthF047a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)QuiltTechF049
Double parallel linesFeaturesF053
Kitty Clark Cole purchased the quilt on eBay. Mary Kay Woldvogel thought the quilt may be older and that the fabric was from England. A typed index card attached to the quilt says, "This quilt (owned by Miss Rose Ranson, 1507 Mound Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois,) was handed down through the Ranson family and was most likely made in the middle 1700s or earlier. Note that none of the figures or designs are repeated in fabrics of the 19th century. It's chief interest is in the medallion in the center, which represents birds, fruits, and flowers. This medallion undoubtedly predates the patches around it, as the coloring has been differently applied to it in a hit and miss fashion."
Page 6-Design and Fabric SourcesRelItemsF088a
Page 7-Owner InformationIdentPersonF006
Public- Michigan State University MuseumOwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University MuseumAcquiredF058
Kitty Clark Cole purchased the quilt and donated it to the Michigan State University Museum.ReposFile
image/jpegDetail 1 Caption
Kitty Clark Cole, donorEmbellTechF038f
Tears or holesShapeCornersF013b
Image - medium display (250-550 pixels)file_medium
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American QuiltsPublisher
Quilt IndexResource Type
Michigan State University MuseumCreditLineF080b
Photo by Mary Whalen, collection of Michigan State University Museum