Redwork


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-541

Essay

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Title: Redwork Quilt
Artist(s): Metta V. Rybolt with secondary embroidery by Betty MacDowell
Dimensions: 57 1/2" x 67 1/2"
Date Made: 1950
Place Created: Lapeer, Michigan
Collection: Great Lakes Quilt Center/Michigan State University Museum,
Collection of C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell
Photo Credit: Pearl Yee Wong

Metta, an avid quiltmaker, made this quilt for her new great-granddaughter Marsha MacDowell who slept under the quilt when she was a young girl. The quilt thus became quite worn and much of the embroidered was worn off. As a gift to Marsha for her twenty-fifth birthday, Marsha�s mother Betty re-embroidered all of the squares except one which she left partially finished with a threaded needle. She thought this would help Marsha appreciate the work involved and she would complete the restoration.

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
85.1987

Page 1

OwnerNameF010
Redwork
AddNotesF132
Her daughter-in-law's mother (Alice Lane)was influenced by her on trips to Detroit. Metta Schroll Rybolt became very interested in quilting when she spent time in Detroit with her son's family. According to her daughter-in-law, Vivian Rybolt, when my mother-in-law stayed with use she spent time with my mother who was very active in quilting...when she went back up to Lapeer she kept quilting...She liked more simple patchwork designs. Most of her quilts are made in simple block patterns set with alternating plain blocks squares. Marsha MacDowell, who received several quilts from her great-grandmother Rybolt, saw her quiltimaking relative only a few times because Rybolt died when MacDowell was young. However, MacDowell vividly recalls one of her first visits at the age of four to Rybolts's second floor apartment in Lapeer: I remember only two things about that trip...going up a very steep set of stairs and seeing the quilt frame set up in her living room...the frame seemed to take up a lot of space. Another quilt, made by Rybolt for MacDowell's birth, holds a special place in the family's collection of quilts. Over the years, the red and white quilt with embroidered pictures was used constantly, and as a result, much of the red embroidery thread was worn away. As a surprise present for MacDowell's 25th birthday, her mother Betty MacDowell, reembroidered all but one of the squares. The last one was left unrepaired, but with a needle and thread stuck in it so that it could be finished by the owner who "would then appreciate how much work went into it." Many other members of the Rybolt family received quilts from Metta Rybolt as gifts for special occasions. It is estimated that she made more than 50 quilts. (See no. 123 and 138 for quilts by related family members.)
QuiltTopF054
Rybolt, Metta Celeste
QuiltedByF055OthPeopleF056ProvCountryF057f
United States

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

CityF106a
Detroit
CountyF106
Wayne
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
CountryF108
United States
BirthDateF099
1/21/1876
BirthplaceCityF098a
Nevada
BirthplaceStateF098b
Ohio
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
EnviroF104c
Urban
DeathF100
2/14/1955 in Detroit
FatherNameF109
Schroll, Charles
BplaceF109a
Sands, Sarah
MarriageF099b
8/14/1895
SpouseF113
Rybolt, Harry Omar
OccupationF115
Bricklayer
NoChildF116
4
NoFemF116a
2
NoMaleF116b
2
NumQuiltsF123
more than 50

Page 3-Physical Description

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Finished quilt
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
42
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight

Page 7-Owner Information

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Quilt owner
OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Marsha MacDowell
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
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85.1987PYW.jpg
1E-3D-541-234-85.1987PYW.jpg
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image/jpeg
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Restricted
CopyRestF080c
Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
10
31
2007
CE

Image Information

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Image - medium display (250-550 pixels)
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image
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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
85.1987
ImageConF075a
Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum
LicenseF080f
Michigan State University Museum

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1E-127-8

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