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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1980.38.4
Maker Read, Mary
Date ca. 1890
Material(s) Silk/Cotton/Velvet
Dimensions H-71 W-84 inches
Description This tied silk patch quilt is made of multi colored silk and velvet squares. The quilt is comprised of 28 rows of three-inch squares, and each row has 24 blocks in it. The blocks appear to be machine-stitched together. The colors are generally in a light-dark pattern, though the pattern is less distinct at the bottom of the quilt. The fabrics are predominantly solid with a variety of patterns, polka dots, stripes, brocades, florals, and other patterns. The quilt has a thin layer of batting, and the ties are pink and white perle cotton. The quilt has a pale green cotton backing, and the edge of the quilt is finished with an elongated decorative zigzag hand stitch.
Notes This quilt was made from scraps from the dressmaking business of Clara Lyons and Mrs. James Read (Mary Read) from Pulaski and Jessamine Counties. According to family, the women made dresses for the "Louisville 400".
Collection Mildred M. Berkey Collection
People Read, Mary
Lyons, Clara
Subjects Quilting
Business people
Search Terms Pulaski County (Ky.)
Jessamine County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS