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ID Number: 1501EF0102

Quilt Title: Star Gazing

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

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Star pieces

Source of Pattern: unknown

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
Made in: Harmony, Maryland, United States
Made for: Marriage Made for: the family of Laura Maloney
Used for: Unknown
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
Any additional stories or notes about the quilt’s history or ownership:


Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Occupation: Farmer
Highest Education Level Completed: Elementary
Religion: Methodist
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Environment: Rural
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? Unknown
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
Quilting done by 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



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? Yes
Is this one of a matched pair? Yes

More Specific Information

Overall Condition Like New
Measurement Left Side (in inches) 76 in.
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 76 in.
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: Owner
Embroidery thread is made of: Cotton

Quilt Top

Fabric Style Solid, Print, Gingham
Pattern Type Pieced
Pieced Single template, Block repeated
Piecing Techniques Hand
Seams are pressed: Open and Flat
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? Yes
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? Yes
If pre-used material, how much of the object is pre-used? Small amount
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting In strips
Is there sashing present? Yes
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Does sashing appear on outer edge of block unit? Yes
Borders Yes
Multiple borders? Yes

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
If by hand, what stitch? Running
1st Measurement 6 in.
2nd Measurement 6 in.
3rd Measurement 5 in.
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 1 in.
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 1 in.
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 1 in.

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern Yes
What is the overall pattern? 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
The edge is Self-finished by hand
If self-finished, it is Front turned to back
Color natural/white
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? No
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is it a patchwork design? No
Is back pieced of strips? No
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 Poor
Condition of the back Poor
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Back
Estimate AGE of this object: 1901-1929
If you know the exact year the object was made, enter it here 1912
This object has unusual features? No
Pattern 4 pointed star kite

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