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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1994.11.5
Maker McCain, Millie Anderson
Date ca. 1930
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-84 W-72.5 inches
Description This is a pieced cotton quilt arranged in a "Four Arrows" pattern. The blocks are set on point. The pieced blocks alternate with navy with small white polka-dot print blocks arranged on point. The pieced blocks are square, with a pattern of four arrows all pointing to center. Two dark arrows point up and down and two light arrows point left and right. Between these, 12 small red triangles (of different patterns in a similar red/pink) finish the block. The quilt is backed with black, brown, and green cotton print designed to look like hand weaving. The same material is used for the binding. The quilt is machine stitched on the bottom and hand stitched on the top. It is hand-quilted in a grid parallel to sides of quilt. The quilt has cotton batting. It is probable that some of the prints in this quilt are from feed sacks.
Notes Millie Anderson 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. Millie died in 1940.
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