Quilt Index Record: 4-DB-3A

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Signature Quilt Pilot Project
InstProjNameF003a
Signature Quilt Project Public Submission
InstInvContrNumF004
Quilts of Tennessee

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Brownsville, Tennessee Fundraising Quilt
OverallWidthF12a
78 inches
OverallLengthF012b
90 inches
PredomColorsF014
Black
Yellow
TypeInscripF019
Date
Multiple Names
Place
OtherTypeInscripF019a
Circuit of Methodist Churches
ContInscripF020
Wreath 4-A Center: "Brownsvill Ct 1937"/Ruth Hay 20 Tags (one name per tag in script) Mrs. Allen Marie Thornton Jessie Waller Mary Ann Thorton Aileen Taylor Hattie Thornton Richard Thornton Elizabeth Thornton Bill Thornton David Gene Taylor George Thornton Elizabeth Moses(?) Fannie Thornton Joe Thornton Bessie Coppedge Ruth Thornton Matilda Taylor Ella Taylor Herbert Thornton Mamie Ross
DateInscripF020a
1937
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
multiple locations
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
OtherExDateF023d
1937
DateInfoF023f
Based on the embroidered date, one would assume that represented the time period when the fundraising project was underway and the quilt completed.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
Machine Piecing
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
UniqueF038h
The quilt has rounded corners and a scalloped border. On three sides, a hand-pieced "ice cream cone" border in yellow and black triangles. The quilt is tied. It has five tiny French knots are at the corners of the quilt blocks. They may be more decorative than useful. The fundraising wreath designs made of name tags are unusual.

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Mann, Mary

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Brownsville
ProvCountyF057b
Haywood
ProvStateF057d
Tennessee
ProvCountryF057f
United States
QuiltHistF059
The quilt was given to the Methodist minister, whose wife and daughter eventually inherited the quilt. When the family retired to East Tennessee, the quilt came with them. An antique dealer acquired the quilt in Knoxville. She gave the quilt to the current owner because she thought it would make an interesting quilt research project.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Fundraising

Quilt design and materials sources

OthTopSourceF064a
Original to maker

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnerNameF082a
Merikay Waldvogel
OwnerCityF084
Knoxville
OwnerStateF086
Tennessee
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
OwnerZipF087
37922
SourceInfoF088b
Merikay Waldvogel

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Photograph of Mary Mann exists. For more information, see: Waldvogel, Merikay Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1990), 60-61. Part of the traveling exhibit: "Soft Covers for Hard Times" travelling exhibit in 1990-1992.

Other quilts made by quiltmaker

AddNotesF132
Mary Mann was born in 1873 and died in 1937. She was Methodist, born in rural West Tennessee in the United States.

Image Information

AccessF080
Restricted
CreditLineF080b
Merikay Waldvogel
CopyRestF080c
Merikay Waldvogel

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

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