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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1994.11.6
Maker McCain, Millie Anderson
Date ca. 1895
Material(s) Silk/Cotton
Dimensions H-84 W-70 inches
Description This pieced crazy quilt is made primarily of silk with a few pieces of red and white cotton print. The back is made of peach polished cotton. The quilt is hand stitched in the center of one side (at the turn), and it is machine stitched around remaining sides. It is tied to the topper with red thread. The topper is made of twenty blocks (4"x5") pieced from randomly sized scraps of fabric with inventive feather stitching on the seams in a variety of styles, colors, and thread sizes. The fabrics used include satins, taffeta, plaids, velvets, files, twills, brocades, printed silks, machine embroidered silks. There is one black silk block in the center that has pink flowers with green foliage painted on it. The two fabric layers surround a middle layer of cotton batting.
Notes Millie McCain was born on a Marion County farm in 1855. She married Joseph Austin McCain in 1870. They had two children, James(1877) and Daisy(1884). She helped run the family farm and sewed men's and women's clothing on the side.
Collection Martha G. Kelly Collection
People McCain, Millie Anderson
McCain, Joseph Austin
Subjects Quilting
Textile art
Women's work
Search Terms Marion County (Ky.)
Quilt patterns
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS