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From analyses of material culture in literature, to studies by art historians of the development and dissemination of particular patterns or techniques, to explorations by women's, ethnic, labor, and social historians, the Quilt Index is used by a wide range of humanities scholars and teachers.

On this page you will find relevant quilts in the Quilt Index database for just about every H-Net list!

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H-1960s History and Legacy of the 1960s

H-PCAACA Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association

Beatles Quilt, The
Top By: Holly, Pat
Quilted By: Nickels, Sue
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MAQS-a0a0b8-a


H-AfrArts African Expressive Culture

H-AfResearch Primary Sources in African Studies

H-Africa African History and Culture

African Colors
Top By: Mustapha, Raifu Aderemi
Quilted By: Mustapha, Raifu Aderemi
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 12/1998
Location Made: Osogbo Nigeria http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9d8-a

Anti Aparthied Portraits
Top By: Nkosi, Phina
Quilted By: Nkosi, Phina
Period: 2000-2025
Location Made: Soweto South Africa http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0c9t8-a


H-Afro-Am African-American Studies

H-AfrTeach Teaching African History and Studies

Voices of Freedom
Top By: Green, Deonna
Quilted By: Green, Deonna
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1992
Location Made: Remus, Michigan (MI) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9t9-a

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors
Pattern Names: Prairie Braid
Top By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Quilted By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1980
Location Made: Gee's Bend, Georgia (GA) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d5g3-a


H-AmIndian American Indian History and Culture

Honor the First Nations
Top By: Gold, Pat Courtney
 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9h8-a News From Native America
Top By: Toppings, Judy http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9j8-a


H-AmRel American Religious History

Scripture quilt
Pattern Names: Bible Verse quilt
Top By: McDowell, Mary
Period: 1850-1875 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j9-a


H-Amstdy American Studies

Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel
Pattern Names: Road to Recovery, New York World's Fair Quilt
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b

Medallion Quilt
Pattern Names: Garnhart Quilt
Top By: Garnhart, Anna Catherine Hummel Markey
Period: 1800-1849
Date: ca. 1830 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j0-a

Masonic Applique
Pattern Names: Masonic Symbol Applique
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0b3-b


H-Animal Animal Studies

Roadkill, By: Jones, Lethonee http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b7k6-a


H-Appalachia Appalachian History and Studies

American Eagle
Pattern Names: Lone Star, Log Cabin
Quilter Group: Bear Soldier Quilters, Freedom Quilting Bee, and the Cabin Creek Quilts Co-op
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1992
Location Made: West Virginia (WV) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b7k1-a


H-ArtHist Art History

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors
Pattern Names: Prairie Braid
Top By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Quilted By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1980
Location Made: Gee's Bend, Georgia (GA) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d5g3-a


H-Borderlands Spanish/Mexican Borderlands of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico

H-NewMexico Culture and History of New Mexico

Turquoise and black wallhanging, Delectable Mountain
Top By: Jones, Berenice
Quilted By: Jones, Berenice
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1988
Location Made: New Mexico (NM) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0c0b1-a


H-California History and Culture of California

Kimonos in my Kimono House
Top By: Porcella, Yvonne http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1e3-a


H-Canada Canadian History and Studies

Fly Foot
Others: Top from Goderich, Ontario, Canada. Completed by Mary Schafer
Period: 1901-1929 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b7m4-a


H-Childhood History of Childhood and Youth

H-Education History of Education

Title: Nursery Rhyme Quilt
Artist(s): Maker Unknown http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0e7-b


H-War Military History

H-CivWar U.S. Civil War History

H-Minerva Women in War and Women and the Military

War Between the States
Others: Top pieced by the wife of a veteran of Sherman's March. Made for a soldier in hopes of his safe return to Pennsylvania from the Civil War.
Date: 1860 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a7b5-a


H-Connecticut Connecticut History, Culture, Family, and Society

Flying Swallows
Pattern Names: Treadwell Family quilt, Turkey Tracks
Quilter Group: Treadwell Family
Period: 1850-1875
Date: 1854-1870
Location Made: Connecticut (CT) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0v6-a


H-DC Washington DC History and Culture

Mariner's Compass and Chips and Whetstones
Pattern Names: Francis Scott Key Family Quilt
Top By: Key, Mary Tayloe Lloyd
Period: 1800-1849
Date: 1835-1850
Location Made: Georgetown, Washington D.C. USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a1g7-a


H-Environment Environmental History

The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue - detail
Pattern Names: Sunbonnet Sue; Three Mile Island
Quilter Group: The Seamster's Union (Local #500)
Top By: Englinski, Georgann
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a2-n


H-Ethnic Ethnic and Immigration History

Hungarian Harvest Festival-detail Center Panel
Pattern Names: Hungarian Girls/Harvest Festival, Hungarian Girls, Hungarian Peasant Girls
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a3-b


H-Florida Study of Florida History and Culture

Seminole
Top By: Osceola, Virginia
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b7k3-a


H-GAGCS German-American and German-Canadian Studies

H-German German History

Attic Window; Signature; Friendship
Top By: Germans from Russia
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=NebraskaUNL-a0a3t5-a

H-Illinois Illinois History and Culture Mosaic 1
Top By: Small, Albert
Others: Small, Eva
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933
Location Made: Ottawa, Illinois (IL) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=IllinoisISM-a0a0b6-a


H-Indiana Indiana History and Culture

Stylized Rose with Eight Buds
Pattern Names: Whig rose
Top By: Armstrong, Martha Young Oldham
Period: 1850-1875
Date: 1850-1860
Location Made: Indiana (IN) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0d4-a


H-Iowa Iowa History and Culture

Star Patterns
Pattern Names: Hands all Around; Old-Fashioned Star; Washington Sidewalk; Corn and Beans;Fool's Puzzle; Double X #3; Maple Leaf; Odd Fellows; Wedding Ring; Ohio Star; Nine Patch; Monkey Wrench; Double Squares; Aunt Eliza's Star; Garden Path; Evening Star
Top By: Barton, Mary
Location Made: Ames, Iowa (IA) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=IowaSHSI-a0a0s6-a


H-ItAm Italian-American History and Culture

Ancestor's House Quilt
Top By: Andrews, Mary L. http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b6b9-a


H-Kentucky Kentucky History

Hexagon Diamonds on silk ground
Period: 1850-1875
Location Made: Kentucky (KY) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a0b6-a


H-Labor Labor History

H-Labor-Arts Cultural and Artistic Heritages of Working People

Whole Cloth Labor Comforter
Pattern Names: Whole cloth comforter
Period: 1876-1900 Front fabric features four repeated vignettes: Factory scene, titled "Labor is Honorable"; Laborer and manager shaking hands, titled "The Two Powers in Accord"; Family eating dinner, titled " After Work, the Happy Home"; and Worker seated on anvil, looking at the fa tory, titled "Honor to the Iron Worker". http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0i7-a


H-Local State and Local History

H-Oralhist Studies Related to Oral History

H-Material-Culture Material Culture, Vernacular Landscapes and Artifact Preservation

H-Museum Museums and Museum Studies

Any quilts from museum partners.


H-Louisiana H-Net Network for Louisiana History and Culture

God Bless Louisiana—logo for Louisiana project


H-Maryland Maryland History and Culture

Maryland Album
Pattern Names: Laurel Wreath, Feather, Wreath of Roses, Stems of Flowers, Tulips, Urn of Flowers, etc.
Period: 1850-1875 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4m1-a


H-Memory Memory Studies

The New Holocaust
Top By: Amundson, Marta. Created in remembrance of the Rwandan Genocide. http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1b5-a


H-Michigan History and Culture of Michigan

My Michigan Quilt http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b7w7-a


H-NC North Carolina History and Culture

Indian Boys and Girls Quilt
Quilter Group: Senior Citizens Sewing Club
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1996
Location Made: Cherokee, North Carolina (NC) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d5a6-a


H-New-Jersey H-Net Network on New Jersey History and Culture

Album Quilt
Pattern Names: Thomas Sykes Quilt
Period: 1800-1849
Date: ca. 1840
Location Made: New Jersey (NJ) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a1f4-a


H-NewEngland New England History and Culture

Whig Rose
Pattern Names: Whig Rose
Period: 1800-1849
Date: c. 1834
Location Made: Greenfield, Massachusetts (MA) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0c9-c


H-Ohio History and Culture of the State of Ohio

Just a Little Piece of Pie
Top By: Mazloomi, Carolyn L.
Period: 1976-1999
Location Made: Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2u8-a


H-OIEAHC Colonial and Early American History

H-SHEAR Early American Republic

Medallion Quilt
Pattern Names: Garnhart Quilt
Top By: Garnhart, Anna Catherine Hummel Markey
Period: 1800-1849 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j0-a


H-Human-Rights Human Rights

H-Peace H-Net Network on Peace History and Peace Studies

Merits of Bombs?
Top By: Schaldenbrand, Meena http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4k7-a So Many Twin Towers-detail
Top By: N'Diaye, Diana http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4k9-b


H-Pennsylvania Pennsylvania history and culture

Scherenschnitte and Pomegranate
Pattern Names: Diehle Family Quilt
Period: 1850-1875
Date: ca. 1860
Location Made: Pennsylvania (PA) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0v8-a

Four Eagles on Cheddar - detail
Pattern Names: Four Eagles on Cheddar
Period: 1876-1900
Location Made: Pennsylvania (PA) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a5-c


H-Pol United States Political History

Every Vote Counts: Election 2000
Top By: Spencer, Elaine
 Date: 2000 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1a6-a

Four Eagles on Cheddar - detail
Pattern Names: Four Eagles on Cheddar
Period: 1876-1900
Location Made: Pennsylvania (PA) http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a5-c


H-Public Public History

Arenzville community history quilt, Bicentennial
Quilter Group: committee from Arenzville, IL
Others: Lovekamp, Hester, Scheer, Cora
Period: 1976-1999
Date: Feb. 1 1976 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=IllinoisISM-a0a1a7-a


H-Quilts Quilting Research and Documentation

Colonial Quilting Bee - Star Arcturus quiltmaker (self-portrait)
Pattern Names: Colonial Quilting Bee, The Betsy Ross Quilt
Commercial Sources: Quilter with slanted feather-pointed hat is The Detroit News "Lady Making Patch Quilt Silhouette" 115-12-14-28. Ver Mehren Q517B/Needleart Guild #88 & #93; quilted grape clusters are taken from Plate V, p 276 Hall/Kretsinger The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America (Quilting Designs from Rose Kretsinger)
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0b1-e


H-Rural Rural and Agricultural History

4-H County Quilt
Quilter Group: St. Joseph County 4-H
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b0c2-a


H-SAfrica South African and Southern Africa History and Culture

Mr. Mandela
Pattern Names: Mariner's Compass
Top By: White, Beverly Ann
Quilted By: White, Beverly Ann http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b8z2-a

Anti Aparthied Portraits
Top By: Nkosi, Phina
Quilted By: Nkosi, Phina
Period: 2000-2025
Location Made: Soweto South Africa http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0c9t8-a


H-SAWH Women and Gender in the U.S. South

Afro-American Women and Quilts
Pattern Names: Cuesta's Sampler
Quilter Group: Friends of Cuesta Benberry
Top By: Benberry, Cuesta
Quilted By: ladies, The Kinlock Community Center
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1979
Location Made: St. Louis, Missouri (MO) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2p7-a


H-SC South Carolina History and Culture

Chintz Medallion
Period: 1800-1849
Date: ca 1825
Location Made: South Carolina (SC) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0m5-a


H-SHGAPE Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era

Women's Suffrage Quilt
Top By: Mudd, Margie http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a0d4-a


H-Slavery The History of Slavery

Walls Talking: Mulatto Ex-Slave in Her House Near Greensboro, Alabama
 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d5k8-a

Tulip Quilt, Applique
Top By: Ann, a sixteen year old slave on the plantation of Captain and Mrs. William Womack
Period: 1800-1849 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2q6-a


H-South History of the United States South

Walls Talking: Mulatto Ex-Slave in Her House Near Greensboro, Alabama
 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d5k8-a

Tulip Quilt, Applique
Top By: Ann, a sixteen year old slave on the plantation of Captain and Mrs. William Womack
Period: 1800-1849 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2q6-a

Yesterday: Civil Rights in the South
Top By: Wells, Yvonne
Period: 1976-1999
Date: 1989
Location Made: Tuscaloosa, Alabama (AL) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2v4-a


H-Southern Music

Elvis
Top By: Wells, Yvonne
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2u0-a


H-Survey Teaching United States History Survey Courses

H-Teach Teaching College History H-High-S Teaching High School History and Social Studies

H-HistMajor Undergraduate History Major

H-TLH Teaching and Learning History

Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel
Pattern Names: Road to Recovery, New York World's Fair Quilt
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b


H-Tennessee Tennessee History and Culture

Lone Star
Top By: Seacord, Martha http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=TennesseeTSLA-a0a0h7-a


H-Texas History and Culture of Texas

Whig Rose, Democrat Rose
Period: 1850-1875. Miss Ima Hogg (1882-1975), a noted Texas decorative arts collector, philanthropist, and historic preservationist, donated the Winedale property and its historic structures and period furnishings to the University of Texas in 1967. This quilt is one of a number of quilts she gave to Winedale in the 1960s and 1970s. http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=TexasWinedale-a0a0a6-a


H-Urban Urban History

Urban Voice
Top By: Cohen, Barbara http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1f0-a


H-US-Japan US-Japan Relations

H-Japan Japanese History and Culture

Freedom Quilt
Pattern Names: Freedom Quilt
Top By: Yasuka Saitoh, Students of; Saitoh, Yasuka http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a0x5-a

Title: Mikado Quilt http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9u5-a

Crazy Quilt
Period: 1876-1900
Date: 1880-1890
Location Made: PHILADELPHIA,, Pennsylvania (PA) USA http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j3-a


H-US1918-45 American History and Culture, 1918-1945

Star Arcturus-Century of Progress
Pattern Names: Star Arcturus-Century of Progress
Commercial Sources: Nancy Cabot/Chicago Tribune: Star Arcturus Century of Progress QuiltING patterns Q403 and Q504 (Hubert Ver Mehren Home Art Studio) were used in the blocks. Q403 (side portion only) used in border. Q504 (transformed for use as an applique two-color pieced star).
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1933-1934
Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0b0-a

Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel
Pattern Names: Road to Recovery, New York World's Fair Quilt
Top By: Gasperik, Mary
Quilted By: Gasperik, Mary
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b

Masonic Applique
Pattern Names: Masonic Symbol Applique
Period: 1930-1949 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0b3-b


H-West History and Culture of the North American West and Frontiers

Girls of the Golden West
Top By: Laury, Jean Ray http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1d6-a


H-Women Women's History

Women's Suffrage Quilt
Top By: Mudd, Margie http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a0d4-a

The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue
Pattern Names: Sunbonnet Sue
Quilter Group: The Seamster's Union (Local #500)
Top By: Anderson, Bryan; Dangerfield, Nadra; Jones, Carol Gilham; Kelley, Bette; Boyer, Patty; Dill, Bonnie; Englinski, Georgann; Hood, Gloria; Metzinger, Laurie Schwarm; Dwigans, Cathy; Metinger, Nancy; Brackman, Barbara
Period: 1976-1999 http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a2-a


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