This is an Alabama pattern cotton quilt. It has a red and white checked block alternating with multicolored calico & white patterned block. The blocks are set on point. The red checked print has five full blocks and two half blocks across and six full blocks and two half blocks down. The multi-print has six blocks across and seven blocks down. The multi-print blocks are made up of squares and rectangles that increase in size from the center to the outer layer. The center has five white and four black squares (3/4") creating a checker board pattern. Outward from this are three layers that have patterned rectangles on the sides and white squares on the corners. The outer layer is one inch wide. There are two exceptions to this pattern. In the upper right corner the black and white squares have been replaced with pink for black and olive green for white. In the lower right corner there is an additional rectangle added to one side. The quilt has a white homespun cotton backing made of three panels (one very narrow). There is a light batting between the layers. The quilting patter is a simple diamond shape on the red checked blocks and a straight narrow band-wide band pattern on the multi-print blocks. The quilt is bound in a blue and white calico.
This quilt was made by Martha Ann Brown Hambrick of Nicholasville, Ky. Family information states that the black and white calico came from dresses of Martha Ann Brown Hambrick (she always wore black and white), the dark blue and white calicos were from dresses worn by her daughter, and the rest were from clothes of the grandchildren of the maker.
Martha Ann Brown Hambrick was born about 1823 in Illinois. In 1837, she married Levi Casey (1817 - 1893) in 1837 in Illinois. A second marriage to Greenberry Hambrick (1823 - 1895) took place on Feb. 10, 1843 in Jessamine Co., Ky. Martha and Greenberry Hambrick had nine children. Martha Ann died the home of her daughter, Nancy Jane Hambrick Reed Caudell, in Burning Springs, Clay Co., Ky., in 1912.
Children of Martha Ann and Greenberry Hambrick: Nancy Jane Hambrick Reed Caudell (1844 - 1918) Ann Mariah Hambrick Turpin (1849 - 1883) Sophronia Hambrick Davis Hollin (1851 - 1941) John Moses Hambrick (1853 - 1896) Paulina Thurston Hambrick Hambrick (1854 - 1923) Samuel Thomas Hambrick (1858 - 1917) Margaret Frances Hambrick Lewis Croas (1859 - 1913) Joseph Leanna Hambrick Turner Powell (1862 - 1956) Mahalia Washington Hambrick (1864 - 1887)