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ID Number: 1501EF0401

Quilt Title: Floral Applique w/ Embroidery

Current location: St. Michaels, Maryland

How Acquired: inherited

About Quilt

Year Quilt was Made: 1859
Owner’s Relationship to Maker: great great niece
Constructed by group: None
Did the maker do the quilting? Unknown
Others who worked on the quilt: Mrs. D. Hepburn, S. D. Gillespey , Mrs. C. J. McQueen, Mrs. O. Oram, Mrs. F. E Ivans, Mrs. M. A. Agee, Miss Margarghret Hao, Mrs. E. Thompson, Mrs. M. Elvins, Mrs. M. Hercus, Anne G. Burroughs, Helen Bell Hercus, FMF, Miss M. A. Elvin, Miss M. A. Reedey, Miss Alice Hercus – probably the one who passed the quilt on through the family since she might have been the youngest of the group.
Made in: Made for: Birth Used for: Unknown
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? Unknown

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Occupation: Took care of family children
Highest Education Level Completed: Unknown
Religion: Presbyterian
Ethnicity: White
Environment: Unknown
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Moderate
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? Unknown
Did quilter piece her own tops? Unknown
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? Yes
If yes, group name(s) Unknown
Did she quilt in any bees? Yes
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
Is there any other interesting information to share about the quiltmaker?

I wish I knew more about the ladies other than some of them are my maternal relatives.



Type of Object Blocks or Patches
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) 84″
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 81 3/4″
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? Yes
Did each signer make their own block? Yes
The signers are: Realtives
Names/dates/details are inscribed by: Inked, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Stamp/Stencil
Embroidery thread is made of: Cotton
Where inscribed? Front

Quilt Top

Fabric Cotton
Pattern Type Applique, Sampler
Background Color Natural
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first Red, Green, Natural
Additional Surface Decoration Stencil, Embroidery Stitches
Embroidery Thread Made of: Cotton
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
Applique Techniques Hand, Blanket
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting Straight
Size of blocks: 16
Number of Horizontal Blocks 4
Number of Vertical Blocks 4
Number of Diagonal Blocks 4
Is there sashing present? Yes
Sashing Width 2″
Sashing Diamond
Connecting blocks in sashing: None
Does sashing appear on outer edge of block unit? Yes
Borders Yes
Multiple borders? No
Border width Sides – 6″ Ends – 6 1/2″, Sides – 6″ Ends – 6 1/2″, Sides 6″ Ends 6 1/2″
Borders are Butted

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
If by hand, what stitch? Running
Quilting thread is Natural
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 8
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 10
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 7

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern No
Main Blocks Conforms to design, Echo quilting
Sashing Parallel Lines
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 corners are Butted
Color Natural
Width (Just what is visible from the top) 1/8″
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)? Yes
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 back pieced of strips? Yes, enter number
Width of strip #1 34″
Width of strip #2 34″
Width of strip #3 13″
Color of back Natural
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 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: 1850-1875
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1859
This object has unusual features? Alot of embroidery

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