McCord Vine Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-26D5

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
13.0059
InstInvContrNumF004a
72.140.1

Page 1

OwnerNameF010
McCord Vine Quilt
AddNotesF132
Susan McCord (1829-1909) was an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making. McCord, like other thrifty housewives of the era, sewed her quilts from fabric she had on hand, mostly clothing scraps. Her everyday life was filled with household and farm chores; her “scraps” of leisure time were filled with masterful quilt making. Susan and her husband Green McCord farmed an eighty-acre farm in McCordsville, Indiana. Here Susan McCord kept house, brought up her children, sewed clothing for her family, knitted accessories, practiced homeopathic medicine, read her bible through each year, participated in sewing bees, gardened, took care of the cows and chickens--and found time to make at least thirteen extraordinary bed quilts. McCord used traditional materials, techniques and patterns—but her considerable skill at manipulating fabric, color and design turned the traditional into something exceptional. McCord’s bed coverings stand as the extraordinary legacy of an otherwise little-known Indiana farmwife.
DateDataF006b
2013
QuiltTopF054
McCord, Susan Noakes
QuiltedByF055
McCord, Susan Noakes
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
LocMadeF057a
McCordsville
ProvCountyF057b
Hancock
ProvStateF057d
Indiana (IN)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
DateFinishF023b
1880-1890

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Museum collection
GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
McCordsville
CountyF106
Hancock
StateF107
Indiana (IN)
CountryF108
United States
MaidenF097b
Noakes
BirthDateF099
10-07-1829
BirthplaceCityF098a
Butler
BirthplaceStateF098b
Ohio
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
EnviroF104c
Rural
DeathF100
12-12-1909
RelAffF103
Methodist
OccupationF104
Farmwife
FatherNameF109
Noakes, Amos
BplaceF109a
Vermont
MotherNameF111
Noakes, Mahala Weathers
BplaceF111a
Indiana
MarriageF099b
08-02-1849
SpouseF113
McCord, Green
OccupationF115
Farmer
NoChildF116
7
NoFemF116a
2
NoMaleF116b
5
NumQuiltsF123
5-20 quilts

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
75.5 in
OverallLengthF012b
80.5 in
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Blue
Gold
Green
Maroon
Pink
Purple
Red
White
QuiltSpecColorF014a
Double Pink
OverallColorF14b
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
LayFormatF024
Vertical strip
NumBlockF026
13
SizeBlockF027
75.5 in X 5 in
SpacingF029
Separated by plain sashing
SashWidthF032
1.25 in

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
1
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036
Muslin
FabPrintF037
Floral
Plaid
Print
Solid/plain
Striped
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
White
NumPiecesF042
3
WidthPiecesF042a
34.75 in; 34 in; 6 in
DescBackF043
Hand sewn
Solid/plain

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

ConstrucBindF046
Edges turned in/ no separate binding
Hand sewn
MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
ThrTypeF049a
Cotton
ThrColorF049b
White
NumStitchedF050
9-10 stitches per inch
KnotsF051b
no
DesignF052a
Grid diamond
Outline
FeaturesF053
This stunningly beautiful quilt is indisputably Susan McCord’s masterpiece. The trailing vine design is a McCord original. McCord pieced together printed and solid cotton fabric scraps to create the over 300 leaves on each of the thirteen vine panels. McCord used variations of this vine in the borders of several quilts. But McCord’s vine design is rendered to perfection in this work of genius.

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

ExhibitListF067a
Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy, 1988. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Quilting Genius, 2004. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.
RelItemsF088a
Bryk, Nancy Villa, "Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy." Dearborn, Michigan: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1988. "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005. Brackman, Barbara, Shauna Christensen and Deb Rowden,"Our Favorite Quiltmakers; Susan McCord: the unforgettable artistry of an Indiana Quilter." Lawrence, Kansas: Sunflower Pattern Cooperative, 2004.

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
OwnershipF082
Private- Nonprofit Organization
OwnerNameF082a
The Henry Ford
OwnerCityF084
Dearborn
OwnerCountyF085
Wayne
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Purchase
ReposFile
THF95128thumbnail.JPG
1E-3D-26D5-234-THF95128thumbnail.JPG
109265
image/pjpeg
zoom
THF95128.jpg
1E-3D-26D5-235-THF95128.jpg
1607766
image/pjpeg
Detail 1
leaf.jpg
1E-3D-26D5-618-leaf.jpg
156573
image/pjpeg
Detail 1 Caption
Detail of Leaf
AccessF080
Restricted
CopyRestF080c
The Henry Ford

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Jeanine Head Miller
dateverified
7
12
2013
CE

Extra Fields

OwnerZipF087
48124
IfQownerF007b
Purchased the quilt
SourceOtherF006a
Museum representative
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
OtherExDateF023d
1880-1890

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

IfQmakerF007a
Made entire quilt
OtherSourceMat
Bryk, Nancy Villa, "Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy." Dearborn, Michigan: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1988. "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005. Brackman, Barbara, Shauna Christensen and Deb Rowden,"Our Favorite Quiltmakers; Susan McCord: the unforgettable artistry of an Indiana Quilter." Lawrence, Kansas: Sunflower Pattern Cooperative, 2004. Fons, Marianne, "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford:24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005

Image Information

Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
photocredit079a1
The Henry Ford
HolderF080a
The Henry Ford
CreditLineF080b
From the Collections of The Henry Ford
DistribRestF080d
The Henry Ford
DisplayResF080e
The Henry Ford
LicenseF080f
The Henry Ford

Detail Images


leaf.jpg
Detail of Leaf

Additional Records

No additional records