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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1991.22
Date ca. 1865
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-91.25 W-79.75 inches
Description This quilt is made in a "Sunflower" pattern. The quilt itself is entirely handmade. The border is machine-quilted and the binding is machine-sewn. The circular floral quilt blocks are made of indigo blue cotton with small white polka dots and white cotton. These flowers have a blue center with sixteen white triangular petals radiating from the edges. Around the white petals, there are sixteen blue diamond-shaped segments set around the edges to create the outermost petals. The flowers are quilted with diagonal parallel rows of hand-stitching. There are six rows of flowers, and each row consists of five flowers (thirty flower total). The flowers are separated by a field of plain white cotton. The hand-quilting in this field is done in a grid pattern. The 6.5 inch wide solid white cotton border is machine-quilted in a diamond-shaped grid pattern. The binding is a cadet blue polka-dot fabric. The binding is machine-stitched with white thread. There is a label sewn onto a back corner of the quilt. The label is a piece of muslin that measures 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The text is handwritten with permanent marker and reads, "Mrs. Lois Hudson."
Notes The quilt was given to the donor by her grandmother Margaret Ann Penn Haydon (born September 26, 1850 and died in 1921.) She married Calvin Haydon in 1867. The quilt was used in Peaks Mill, KY. The quilt was always remembered as the "slave quilt" because it was made during the time of slavery.
Collection Lois Hudson Collection
People Haydon, Margaret Ann Penn
Subjects Quilting
Textile art
Domestic life
Women domestics
Search Terms Quilt
Quilt patterns
Franklin County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS