Old Maid's Puzzle


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-23CD

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
09.0082

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Old Maid's Puzzle
BrackmanF011a
1313
AddNotesF132
What follows represents a collection of quilts made by Elizabeth (Hyslop) Kellogg. Also known as Bessie, during the later years of her life. The number of quilts she made over her lifetime, and the existence of others of her quilt is not known. Bessie Kellogg died in November of 1962 in Detroit. She and her husband, James Edward Kellogg, had made their home on the north branch of the AuSable River in Crawford County, Michigan. She was married to James in 1899. For a number of years prior to her marriage, she was a housekeeper for a Roscommon hotel owner and his family. As such she most certainly would have learned the art of constructing and repairing quilts. At the time she would have been as young as twelve or fourteen. Quilt making in her time was not hobby or an artistic expression, but a required skill for a homemaker in a pioneer community. As the mother of 14 of her own kids as well as two sons of James's from his first marriage, keeping children warm was a major consideration. Their home in Lovells, which still stands, was without central heat of any kind. We can well imagine the numbers of quilts made over the years to cover the beds in the nine bedrooms of their home. Our best estimates as to the numbers of years that Bessie quilted was probably from 1892 to late in to the 1940s. Diabetes took Bessie's sight in 1949 which effectively ended her quilting days. Even as blindness stopped her full participation in quilt making, there are family memories of her, aided by a very young granddaughter, preparing needles with quilt thread for her daughters and neighbor women to use in quilting a top laid out on the large kitchen table of the Kellogg homestead. (As that young granddaughter, my job as a 7-8 year old was to take the length of thread she had pulled out, thread it into the eye of the quilting needle and give it back to her. Her nimble fingers would tie a very small knot on the end and pull the length through a ball of bees wax. She would then place the threaded needle into a small pin cushion. All without missing a beat or a word of the conversation!) As you can well imagine, with 16 original children, the next generation numbers over 50, and is spread over the whole country. One of the quilts in this collection was given to this writer as a gift upon when I was a young child. (It was made more special by the fact that although the top was made by my paternal grandmother, Bessie Kellogg, my maternal grandmother, Letha A. Leng, applied the border and backing and hand tied the quilt. It is truly a 'Grandma's Quilt.') I can only think that there might be other's of Grandma Bessie's quilts scattered throughout the family. Perhaps this is only the first of a more extensive catalogue of her quilts. All of the quilts represented in this collection, with the exception of the Nine Patch scrap quilt mentioned above are housed at the old Kellogg Homestead in Lovells (Grayling, Michigan). They are preserved in unbleached muslin and in archival textile boxes and are turned and re-folded with acid free tissue paper 2-3 times per year. Each year the historical societies from Eaton Rapids and of Lovells visits the house and at that time the quilts are exhibited. They are not ever used for their original intended purpose, as they have become very frail over the years. It has been my pleasure to document what is known about these quilts and to share a part of my family history. My grandmother was a fined and strong woman who cared for a large family, a family farm and was an important member of her community. It is an honor to be counted among her descendents.
DateDataF006b
7/24/2009
QuiltTopF054
Kellogg, Elizabeth
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited
LocMadeF057a
Lovells
ProvCountyF057b
Crawford
ProvStateF057d
Michigan (MI)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
1901-1929

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Other collection
GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
Lovells
CountyF106
Crawford
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
CountryF108
United States
MaidenF097b
Hyslop
BirthDateF099
8/4/1879
BirthplaceCityF098a
Mt. Clemens, Macomb County
BirthplaceStateF098b
Michigan
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
DeathF100
11/30/1962
EthnicF101
Scots, English
EdBkgdF102
3rd grade, self taught. Could read, write nad keep business books.
RelAffF103
Christian
OccupationF104
Homemaker
FatherNameF109
Hyslop, Thomas
MotherNameF111
Mother, unknown
EthBkgrndF112
Scots, English
MarriageF099b
9/26/1899
SpouseF113
Kellogg, James Edward
OccupationF115
Farmer, lumber mill owner and operator, builder.
NoChildF116
16
LearnedToQuiltF117
Self-Taught
WhenQuiltF118
Age 11-19
OtherF119a
To keep her family warm.
NumQuiltsF123
5-20 quilts
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
yes
NameGroupF120
The Cheerful Giver Club
LocGroupF121
Lovells, MI
SpecialGroupF122
Helping those in need in the community. Acted as an early 1900s network of women.

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
White
Pink
Cream
Blue
OverCondF015
Fair/worn
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
25
SizeBlockF027
8 3/4" x 8 3/4"
ArrangeBlockF028
On point or rotated on 45 degrees
SpacingF029
Alternating with plain squares
BlockStyleF030a
Squares
NumBlockPatF030
1

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
3" same color as setting blocks
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
NumPiecesF042
3

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Bias grain
WidthBindF047
greater than one inch
MatUsedF048
Cannot tell
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

ExhibitListF067a
Kellogg Homestead to local historical groups

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmaker
SourceOtherF006a
Paternal granddaughter of quiltmaker
OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Grandchildren of Elizabeth Kellogg
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
DateObtainedF088c
7/14/2009
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
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Data Verification

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yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
8
18
2009
CE

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

IfQmakerF007a
Made entire quilt
QDesignF060b
Bedding, daily use
CustomsF131
To daughters, who in turn taught their daughters, who in turn have taught their daughters.

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
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Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
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09.0082
ImageConF075a
Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
HolderF080a
MSU Board of Trustees
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of the MSU Museum
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