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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1980.32.2
Maker Chescheir, Elizabeth; Owsley, Catherine Elizabeth Bodley
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-61 W-51 inches
Description This quilt is made of all silk pieces in a log cabin pattern. The quilt blocks are in reds, blues, browns and purples with a few yellows. They silks are solids and patterns. The center (or hearth) of each block is a piece of solid black silk or velvet. The color patterns more or less create large diamonds in alternating dark and light diamond shapes, each diamond being made of one-half of four quilt blocks. The binding is made of white silk with dark blue dots. The back is made of striped silk. The stripes are one-inch wide and the stripes alternate white stripes with blue dots to a red-orange stripe with medallions. There is a layer of batting between the front and back layers. The piece is completely hand stitched. Each block is quilted onto a cotton backing and then stitched together. The silk backing was added and bound together to the blocks after it was all pieced together. The blocks and the silk backing are not quilted.
Notes Possibly made by either the donor's mother, Elizabeth Chescheir, or grandmother Catherine Elizabeth Bodley Owsley.

Catherine Elizabeth Brodley was born March 3, 1816. She married Erasmus Owsley and they had nine children. Her daughter, Catherine Innes Owsley (born April 9, 1843 in Danville, Ky.) is another potential maker.


Elizabeth Chescheir was born about 1895 and married to George Chescheir. They had four children: George, William, Thomas and Elizabeth. They lived in Jefferson County, Ky.
Collection William Chescheir Collection
Event American Civil War
People Chescheir, Elizabeth
Owsley, Catherine Elizabeth Bodley
Subjects Beds
Bedspreads
Quilting
Quilts
Sewing
Sewing
House work
Housework
Art
Civil wars
Search Terms Kentucky
Quilt patterns
Quilt
Quilting
Quilts
Civil War
Jefferson County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS