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ID Number: 1501EF0602

Quilt Title: Feathered Star

Current location: Stevensville, Maryland
Year Acquired: 1991
How Acquired: gift

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Feathered Star

Source of Pattern: Unknown

Owner’s Relationship to Maker: Unknown
Did the maker do the quilting? Unknown
Others who worked on the quilt: Unknown
Made in: Unknown, Alabama, United States
Made for: Birth Made for: Unknown
Used for: Unknown
Previously used fabrics: No
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? Unknown
Any additional stories or notes about the quilt’s history or ownership:

I have no information on this quilt, unfortunately. We have inherited a crazy quilt which may have been made or owned by that person, Emma Graves Baylies, or it might have been owned by another person in that family. Unfortunately I have no other information on this quilt but have always liked the detail in the hand sewing as well as the interesting pointed edging of the quilt. I will be interested in any information you can shed as to age, design, etc.

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

At what age did the quilter do most of her quilt-related work? Youth
Did quilter combine old and new fabrics? No
Did quilter piece her own tops? No
Piecing Preferences: Unknown
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
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) 71
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 73 1/2
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? No
The signers are: Owner
Embroidery thread is made of: Cotton

Quilt Top

Fabric Cotton
Fabric Style Solid
Pattern Type Pieced
Pieced Block repeated
Background Color Natural
Piecing Techniques Hand
Seams are pressed: To One Side
Width of Seam Allowance in Inches: 1/4
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? Yes
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? No
Edges of Applique Other
Setting In strips
Size of blocks: 15 1/4
Number of Horizontal Blocks 4
Number of Vertical Blocks 4
Number of Diagonal Blocks 4
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders Yes
Multiple borders? No
Border width 2 3/4
Borders are Mitered
Describe any variation in the construction of the top not mentioned above

3 1/4 border pieced – dog toothed

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 10
2nd Measurement 10
3rd Measurement 10
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 1/2 grid cable border design

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern No
Main Blocks Parallel Lines
Sashing Conforms to design
Inner Border Cable, cable design
Outer Border Both sides of seam, dog tooth-pieced


Fiber content of batting is Cotton
Is the quilting embellished No
How inserted? placed like a sandwich

Edges and Binding

The edge is Self-finished by hand, Applied by hand
If self-finished, it is Front turned to back
If applied, the binding is Bias cut fabric
If applied, the edge is Cotton – Solid
Color green
Is the applied edge fabric also found in the top of the quilt? Yes

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)? No
How many seams are present? 2
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 it a patchwork design? No
Is back pieced of strips? 3
Width of strip #1 9 1/4
Width of strip #2 33
Width of strip #3 31 1/4
Color of back Light green
Color(s) of strips if present Machine pieced on back
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? Yes
Overall condition of the object Fair
Condition of the back Good
Condition of the colors Fair
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Front
Estimate AGE of this object: Pre-1799
This object has unusual features? design of the border
Pattern Feathered Star

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