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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1980.32.1
Maker Chescheir, Elizabeth; Owsley, Catherine Elizabeth Bodley
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-66 W-58.25 inches
Description This Log Cabin quilt is done in a Barn Raising variation. The design consists of light and dark quilt pieces creating an overall diamond pattern. The quilt is seven blocks wide by eight blocks tall. All of the quilt pieces are made of all silk and are very bright. The light colors are blue, pink, and tan. The dark colors are purple, teal green, and black. The center, or hearth, of each quilt block is black. From a distance, the pattern gives the illusion of light and dark squares stacked on each other and getting progressively smaller toward the center. The quilt is backed in brown silk with black velvet circles sewn behind each "tied" place. The quilt is hand stitched. The binding is made of black velvet and is secured by machine stitching. Each quilt block was constructed individually. There is hand stitching around each small quilt piece that that is quilting through a thin piece of batting and secured to a cotton backing. The blocks pieced together, lined with a layer of thicker batting, and the layers are then tied together in place.
Notes This quilt was possibly made by either the donor's mother, Elizabeth Chescheir, or the donor's 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
Louisville (Ky.)
Danville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS