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ID Number: 1501EF1001

Quilt Title: Unknown Family Heirloom

Current location: Easton, Maryland
Year Acquired: 1970
How Acquired: inherited

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Signature Quilt

Source of Pattern: Unk

Did the maker do the quilting? Unknown
Made in: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Made for: Birth Made for: Unk
Used for: Unknown
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? No
Any additional stories or notes about the quilt’s history or ownership:

Owner has some geneology information and may be able to provide more definitive information at a later date.
“GodShalk” name appears in signatures on quilt – is owner’s father’s mother’s family – her info is a work in progress.

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Highest Education Level Completed: Unknown
Environment: Rural
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Unknown
Economic Circumstances of Marriage: Unknown

Quiltmaker’s Quilting Information

Who taught the quiltmaker how to quilt? Unk
Where did she learn to quilt? Unk
At what age did the quilter do most of her quilt-related work? Unknown
Did quilter combine old and new fabrics? Unknown
Did quilter piece her own tops? Unknown
Piecing Preferences: By Hand
Did quilter put deliberate errors in quilts? Unknown
Did quilter do her own quilting? Unknown
Did quilter mark her own tops? Unknown
Did she quilt in a group? Unknown
Did she quilt in any bees? Unknown
What season was most quilting done? Unknown
What time of day was quilting done? Unknown
Reason for quiltmaking Unknown
Did she teach her daughters or daughters-in-law to quilt? Unknown
Did she teach others to quilt? Unknown
Approximately how many quilts did she produce in her lifetime? Unk
Where are they now? Unk
Did quilter exhibit any of her quilts? Unknown



Type of Object Blocks or Patches, Finished Quilt
Does this object have a SPECIFIC VISUAL ORIENTATION, head to foot? Yes
If it is a quilt, is it shaped for a four poster bed? No
Is this one of a matched pair? No

More Specific Information

Overall Condition Slight Use
Measurement Left Side (in inches) 91″, 91 1/2″
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 92 1/4″, 92 3/4″
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? Yes
Inscribed Names, Dates, Initials

Godshalk – Benjamin, Roseanna, Margaret S., Sidney K., Anna, William, Sidney, Samuel
James – Levi, Rebecca
Polk – Mary, John, John J., Isabella W., Mary G., James, Robert W., Samuel Jr.
Mann – John G., Lydia Ann
Price – Christianna
Denison – Francis
Matthew – Rachel, Samuel G., John G.
Goode – Mary J.
For He maketh sore, and bindeth up; he woundeth and his hands make whole. Job 5:18
He shall deliver thee in six troubles, yea in seven there shall be no evil touch thee. Job 5:19

Did each signer make their own block? Unknown
The signers are: Realtives
Names/dates/details are inscribed by: Inked
Embroidery thread is made of: NA
Where inscribed? Central

Quilt Top

Fabric Cotton
Fabric Style Solid, Print
Pattern Type Pieced
Pieced Block repeated
Background Color Ecru alternate block
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first red, ecru, natural
Additional Surface Decoration None
Piecing Techniques Hand
Seams are pressed: To One Side
Width of Seam Allowance in Inches: 1/8″
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? No
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? No
Edges of Applique NA
Setting Alternate blocks – plain
Size of blocks: 12″ x 12″
Number of Horizontal Blocks 5
Number of Vertical Blocks 5
Number of Diagonal Blocks 10
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders No

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
If by hand, what stitch? Running
Marking lines are visible? No
Quilting thread is White
Quilting thread is Cotton
Does thread color match section quilted? No
1st Measurement 7
2nd Measurement 7
3rd Measurement 7
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 5/8″
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 5/8″
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 5/8″

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern No
Main Blocks Conforms to design
Fill-In Blocks Alternate blocks – gridded on point
Sashing Conforms to design, Edge setting triangles – quilted in chevrons, parallel


Fiber content of batting is Cotton
Is the quilting embellished No
How inserted? sandwiched

Edges and Binding

The edge is shaped in a Straight line

The edge is Self-finished by hand
If self-finished, it is Back turned to front
Color Natural
Width (Just what is visible from the top) rolled – 1/8″
Is the applied edge fabric also found in the top of the quilt? No

Other Edge Treatments

Fringe No
Ruffle No
Are folded fabric points present on the edge? No

Quilt Back

Fabric Cotton – Solid
Is the back all one piece of fabric? No
Is the back made from more than one piece of fabric (seams present)? Yes
How many seams are present? 3
Is the back all one style (print) of fabric? No
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? No
Is it a patchwork design? No
Is back pieced of strips? No
Width of strip #1 29″ between seams
Color of back Natural
Are different strips used only to attain size? No


The fabric of this object’s top and bottom are of significantly different ages? No
The object has been altered No
Has the object been laundered? No
Overall condition of the object Good
Condition of the back Fair
Condition of the colors Good
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Front
Is pattern discrepancy evident? No
Estimate AGE of this object: 1800-1849
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1850
This object has unusual features? No

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