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ID Number: 1501EF0101

Quilt Title: Diamonds

Current location: Denton, Maryland
Year Acquired: 1995
How Acquired: inherited

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Diamond

Year Quilt was Made: 1912
Age of Maker When Object was Made: 20
Owner’s Relationship to Maker: granddaughter
Did the maker do the quilting? Yes
Others who worked on the quilt: Elizabeth Williamson
Made in: Harmony, Maryland, United States
Made for: Marriage Made for: the family of Laura Maloney
Used for: Warmth
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? No
Quiltmaker’s other quilted objects (pre-1950) not yet documented 2 other quilts

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Occupation: Farmer
Highest Education Level Completed: Elementary
Religion: Methodist
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Environment: Rural
Number of Children: 4
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Poor
Economic Circumstances of Marriage: Poor

Quiltmaker’s Quilting Information

Who taught the quiltmaker how to quilt? her mother
Where did she learn to quilt? at home
At what age did the quilter do most of her quilt-related work? Youth
Where did the quilter get her fabrics? Sewing Scraps, Friends/Relatives, Old Clothing, Printed Feed Bags, Sugar/Feed/Flour Bags
Did quilter combine old and new fabrics? Unknown
Major quilt making influences: unknown
Did quilter piece her own tops? Yes
Piecing Preferences: Both
Where did quilter get her piecing designs? unknown
Did quilter put deliberate errors in quilts? Yes
Did quilter do her own quilting? Yes
Where did quilter get her quilt designs? unknown
Did quilter mark her own tops? Yes
Did she quilt in a group? No
Did she quilt in any bees? Unknown
What season was most quilting done? Winter
What time of day was quilting done? Unknown
Reason for quiltmaking Necessity
Did she teach her daughters or daughters-in-law to quilt? No
Did she teach others to quilt? Unknown
Approximately how many quilts did she produce in her lifetime? 6-8
Where are they now? I own 3, others unknown
Did quilter exhibit any of her quilts? No

PHYSICAL QUILT DOCUMENTATION RECORD

Format

Type of Object Finished Quilt
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 Worn
Measurement Left Side (in inches) 79 ins.
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 64 1/2 ins.
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, Calico, Print, Woven Pattern, Chambray
Fabric Style Print, Woven Pattern, Calico, Chambray
Pattern Type Pieced, One Template Patchwork
Pieced Single template
Paper present? Yes
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first beige/brown, blue and brown
Piecing Techniques Hand
Seams are pressed: Open and Flat
Width of Seam Allowance in Inches: 1/4 ins.
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? Yes
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? No
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting Other
Size of blocks: 2 1/4 ins.
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders No
Describe any variation in the construction of the top not mentioned above

#29. It was an over all design – interlocking diamonds.

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
If by hand, what stitch? Running
Quilting thread is white
Does thread color match section quilted? No
1st Measurement 4 ins.
2nd Measurement 5 ins.
3rd Measurement 5″
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 4 ins.
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 1 ins.
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 1 ins.

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern No
Main Blocks Conforms to design
Sashing Conforms to design

Filling

Fiber content of batting is Cotton
Is the quilting embellished No

Edges and Binding

The edge is shaped in a sandwiched
The corners are Butted
The edge is Self-finished by hand
If self-finished, it is Back turned to front
Color printed fabric – same as backing
Width (Just what is visible from the top) 3/8
Is the applied edge fabric also found in the top of the quilt? Yes

Other Edge Treatments

Fringe No
Ruffle Yes
Are folded fabric points present on the edge? Yes
Are the points made of fabric found in the top? Yes

Quilt Back

Fabric Cotton – Cotton Print
Is the back all one piece of fabric? Yes
Is the back made from more than one piece of fabric (seams present)? Yes
How many seams are present? 1
Is the back all one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is back pieced of strips? No
Color of back blue, brown, and off white
Are different strips used only to attain size? Yes

Evaluation

The fabric of this object’s top and bottom are of significantly different ages? No
The object has been altered Yes
Has the object been laundered? Yes
Overall condition of the object Poor
Condition of the back Poor
Condition of the colors Poor
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Front
Is pattern discrepancy evident? No
Estimate AGE of this object: Pre-1799
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1915
Pattern Diamond

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