1888 Redwork Signature Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 4-DB-38

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Signature Quilt Pilot Project
InstProjNameF003a
Signature Quilt Project Public Submission

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
1888 Redwork Signature Quilt
AltNameF011
Signature
OverallWidthF12a
65 inches
OverallLengthF012b
77 inches
PredomColorsF014
Red
White
TypeInscripF019
Date
Multiple Names
Place
Other
OtherTypeInscripF019a
Some descriptions of military service and the church officials
ContInscripF020
This section will be updated as time permits. In the meantime, the full list of names can be found at ancestry.com under Montgomery Co. in Indiana if you search for "quilt" in the archives. BLOCK 1A
DateInscripF020a
1888
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
on block
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
OtherExDateF023d
1888
DateInfoF023f
Inscribed on several blocks; Block 2A has a complete date of June 20, 1988.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Other Piecing
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
Appears to have been constructed in a quilt-as-you-go manner. The redwork outline of each block's design goes through to the back of the quilt. The signatures, also done in red embroidery, do not appear on the back.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Unknown, Quiltmaker

Quilt provenance

QuiltHistF059
Purchased from a dealer because of potential family connection. How the quilt came to be made and how it came to be in the marketplace are not known. The quilt had been partially researched online prior to my purchase of it. (See ancestry.com's archives for Montgomery Co., Indiana.) I have spent much time on it since then but have not yet uncovered its story.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Unknown

Quilt design and materials sources

OthTopSourceF064a
Unknown
AddNotesF066
The primary research questions: 1. Who made this quilt? 2. Was the quilt a fundraiser and, if so, for what cause? If not, why was it made? The quilt has binding that is quite frayed and some of the embroidery is broken. This condition begs the question of its ownership over the past 120 years or so.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnerNameF082a
Patricia Essex
OwnerCityF084
Bowling Green
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
OwnerZipF087
43402
SourceInfoF088b
Patricia Essex

a Essay Historical Background

description
Some 840 names appear on this 42-block quilt. No central focus block appears. The quilt seems to have originated in central Indiana with some names coming from Kansas, Illinois, and Ohio.

Image Information

photocredit079a1
Patricia Essex
AccessF080
Restricted
CreditLineF080b
Patricia Essex
CopyRestF080c
Patricia Essex

File Information

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

data verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
10
28
2013
CE

Images

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