Butterfly


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-23

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
94.0096
InstInvContrNumF004a
7515.2

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Butterfly
BrackmanF011a
922
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
ProvStateF057d
Ohio (OH)
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Museum collection
StateF107
Ohio (OH)

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
82
OverallLengthF012b
92
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Cream
Green
Yellow
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
42
SizeBlockF027
10 1/2 x 10 1/2
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Separated by sashing with cornerstones or connecting blocks
SashWidthF032
3
NumBlockPatF030
1

Page 4-Physical Description continued

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
Machine Piecing
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
NumPiecesF042
4
DescBackF043
Same fabric used throughout

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch
MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
NumStitchedF050
7
NumStitchF051
8
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid/crosshatch
Outline
DesignF052c
Grid/crosshatch
FeaturesF053
Butterflies were a very popular motif for quilts in the 1930s. Advertisements in ladies' needlework magazines offered die-cut butterflies for and many appliqued butterfly quilts survive today. Pieced butterfly quilt patterns were printed in 1928 in Needlecraft and a butterfly pattern was also published by Eveline Foland in her syndicated column that was carried by newspapers all over America. Even though the pattern was widely distributed, very few pieced butterfly quilts survive. Synthetic dyes of the 1930s produced a wide range of fabric choices and made light, bright quilts like this one popular.

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

RelItemsF088a
Images of family that inherited the quilt.

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
John and Theresa Dickey inherited this quilt from his mother, Ruth Simms Dickey, who inherited it from her mother Alice Bay Simms. Neither of them were quilters but they considered this a family quilt and speculated that Alice?s sister in Ohio made it. John and Theresa Dickey donated it to the MSU Museum.
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Detail 1
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image/jpeg
AccessF080
Restricted
CopyRestF080c
Image cannot be copied without permission.

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
2
21
2008
CE

Extra Fields

IfQownerF007b
Received as a gift
EmbellTechF038f
No
PaperF038i
no
DamageF016
Pencil or pen or marking lines
Stains
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
OtherShapeCornerF013c
Straight

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

AddNotesF066
According to Brackman: "922, page 127, Butterfly -- Verdie Foster in Needlecraft 1928. Earliest Example: This is probably the first pattern published for a pieced butterfly quilt. Although appliqued butterflies appear in earlier quilts. I haven't found any pieced butterflies that predate this pattern." In Khin, page 439 it's called, "Old Fashioned Butterfly." In Carrie Hall Blocks by Bettina Havig, it's called Butterfly and on page 17, acc# 38.402 In Kansas City Star it's called Butterfly and it's #161 and published 10-21-31 and the signature designer is Eveline Foland.
OtherSourceMat
Images of family that inherited the quilt.

Image Information

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Image - medium display (250-550 pixels)
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image
file_format
jpeg
Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
InvenNumF075
7515.2
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
positive/transparency
photocredit079a1
Whalen
HolderF080a
MSU Board of Trustees
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of MSU Museum
DistribRestF080d
Image cannot be distributed without permission.
DisplayResF080e
Image cannot be displayed without permission.
LicenseF080f
Image cannot be licensed without permission.

Detail Images


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