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ID Number: 1407QA0601

Quilt Title: Sarah T. Turpin Quilt c. 18

Current location: Queenstown, Maryland

How Acquired: inherited

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Unknown

Source of Pattern: Unknown

Year Quilt was Made: 1852
Owner’s Relationship to Maker: Descendants, maker appears to be Sarah T. Turpin
Did the maker do the quilting? Unknown
Others who worked on the quilt: Unknown
Made in: Made for: Given to and presumable made for niece Mary George Made for: Mary George, niece of presumed maker
Used for: Unknown
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? Unknown
Quiltmaker’s other quilted objects (pre-1950) not yet documented A quilt top from c. 1850 signed by Sarah Turpin
Any additional stories or notes about the quilt’s history or ownership:

We are assuming the above information, and wished we had asked Mother more about it. We believe the quiltmaker was one or two generations before our great grandfather, Senator William Thomas Potter Turpin, who sometime before 1875 married Anna Maria Hemsley EmoryT(a 7th generation Emory). We would appreciate learning how we could conserve the quilt and possibly frame and hang it in our family’s historic house. Inscription: To Mary George from her loving Aunt Sarah T. Turpin, 1852

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Highest Education Level Completed: Unknown
Environment: Rural
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Moderate
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
Major quilt making influences: Unk
Did quilter piece her own tops? Unknown
Piecing Preferences: Unknown
Where did quilter get her piecing designs? Unk
Did quilter put deliberate errors in quilts? Unknown
Did quilter do her own quilting? Unknown
Where did quilter get her quilt designs? Unk
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? No
Did she teach others to quilt? Unknown
Did quilter exhibit any of her quilts? Unknown



Type of Object Blocks or Patches
Does this object have a SPECIFIC VISUAL ORIENTATION, head to foot? No
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) 1″01
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 102″
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? Yes
Inscribed Names, Dates, Initials

Mary V. George, a quilt presented to her by her affectionate Aunt Sarah T. Turpin, 1852

Did each signer make their own block? Unknown
The signers are: Maker(s)
Names/dates/details are inscribed by: Inked
Embroidery thread is made of: Other
Where inscribed? Front

Quilt Top

Fabric Cotton
Fabric Style Print
Pattern Type Pieced, Applique
Pieced Block repeated
Applique Alternate block corners appliqued double Irish chain
Background Color Cream
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first Red, blue, green
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
Applique Techniques Hand
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting Alternate blocks – plain
Size of blocks: 8″ x 8″ on point
Number of Horizontal Blocks 8
Number of Vertical Blocks 8
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders Yes
Multiple borders? No
Border width 5″
Borders are Mitered
Describe any variation in the construction of the top not mentioned above

Border is appliqued scalloped – very unique

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
If by hand, what stitch? Running
Marking lines are visible? Yes
If yes, they seem to be Pencil
Quilting thread is Cotton
Does thread color match section quilted? Yes
1st Measurement 9
2nd Measurement 9
3rd Measurement 11
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 1/8″
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 1/8
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 1/8
Describe any variation in the quilting mechanics not mentioned above

Marking lines – some on leaves and other elements

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern No
Main Blocks diagonal pieced squares
Fill-In Blocks Floral/Leaf, some stars, pineapples, birds and fleur de lis
Sashing Conforms to design
Outer Border Parallel Lines


Fiber content of batting is Cotton
Is the quilting embellished No

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 Cream
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? 4
Is the back all one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? No
Is back pieced of strips? 4
Width of strip #1 22 1/2
Width of strip #2 29 3/4
Width of strip #3 14 5/8 and 28 1/4
Color of back Cream
Color(s) of strips if present Strips same color and fabric
Are different strips used only to attain size? Yes


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 Excellent
Condition of the back Good
Condition of the colors Excellent
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Back
Is pattern discrepancy evident? No
Estimate AGE of this object: 1850-1875
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1852
This object has unusual features? No
Pattern Double Irish Chain

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