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The Quilt Index is used by a wide range of humanities scholars and teachers, 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.

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H-1960s History and Legacy of the 1960s

H-PCAACA Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association

The Beatles Quilt  

Top By: Holly, Pat


Quilted By: Nickels, Sue


Period: 1976-1999

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MAQS-a0a0b8-a

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H-AfrArts African Expressive Culture

H-AfResearch Primary Sources in African Studies

H-Africa African History and Culture

African Colors


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


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


By: Green, Deonna



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


By: Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
 Bee


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


By: Gold, Pat Courtney


http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b9h8-a

News From Native America


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


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: New York World's Fair Quilt


By: Gasperik, Mary



Period: 1930-1949

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b

Medallion Quilt


Pattern Names: Garnhart Quilt

By: Garnhart, Anna Catherine Hummel Markey

Date: ca. 1830

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j0-a

Masonic Applique



Period: 1930-1949

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0b3-b

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H-Animal Animal Studies

Roadkill

By: Jones, Lethone

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


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


By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting


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



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

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

Nursery Rhyme Quilt


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

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

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

Flying Swallows


Pattern Names: Turkey Tracks


Quilter Group: Treadwell Family



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


By: Key, Mary Tayloe Lloyd



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
- Three Mile Island


Quilter Group: The Seamster's Union (Local #500)



Period: 1976-1999

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a2-n

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H-Ethnic Ethnic and Immigration History

Hungarian Harvest Festival-detail Center Panel


Pattern Names: Hungarian Girls/Harvest Festival, Hungarian Girls, Hungarian Peasant Girls

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


By: Small, Albert
 and Small, Eva

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


By: Armstrong, Martha Young Oldham


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


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


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

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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


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



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


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


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

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

By: Garnhart, Anna Catherine Hummel Markey


Period: 1800-1849

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0j0-a

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H-Human-Rights Human Rights

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

Merits of Bombs?


By: Schaldenbrand, Meena

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4k7-a

So Many Twin Towers-detail


By: N'Diaye, Diana

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4k9-b

MichiganMSUMuseum-a0d4k9-b_8092.jpg


H-Pennsylvania Pennsylvania history and culture

Scherenschnitte and Pomegranate


Pattern Names: Diehle Family Quilt

Date: ca. 1860


Location Made: Pennsylvania (PA) USA

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=DARMuseum-a0a0v8-a

Four Eagles on Cheddar - detail


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


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: Lovekamp, Hester, Scheer, Cora



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)

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

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b8z2-a

MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b8z2-a_8092.jpg

Anti Aparthied Portraits


Top 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


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


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


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


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



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-Stained Glass

Stained Glass Floral Applique
By: Kennedy, Mary Lee
Date: 1/1982

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a1z6-a

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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

By: Gasperik, Mary



Period: 1930-1949

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b

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H-Tennessee Tennessee History and Culture

Lone Star

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

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


By: Yasuka Saitoh, Students of; Saitoh, Yasuka

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a0x5-a

Mikado Quilt

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

Crazy Quilt


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


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).


By: Gasperik, Mary


Date: 1933-1934


Location Made: Chicago, Illinois (IL) United States

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0b0-a

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Road to Recovery - Pictorial Panel


Pattern Names: Road to Recovery, New York World's Fair Quilt


Top By: Gasperik, Mary


Period: 1930-1949

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=quiltiGasperik-a0a0a8-b

Masonic 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

By: Laury, Jean Ray

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=RockyMountainQuiltMuseum-a0a1d6-a


H-Women Women's History

Women's Suffrage Quilt


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)


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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