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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1941.3
Maker Bracken, Nancy Ellen
Date 1865
Material(s) Wool
Dimensions H-81 W-78 inches
Description This quilt is made in a flower garden pattern using four different types of fabric. All the fabric has a rough feel to it and is likely to be a wool blend. The fabrics are in subdued colors of brown, red and green. They are cut into six sided blocks 2 x 2 ½ inches. The quilt has eight rows of flowers, the top and bottom row being only half flowers. There are 14 columns of flowers, the right and left rows being only half flowers. The background material is a medium brown plain fabric. The flowers have a single center block of plain red. This is surrounded by six blocks of a light brown fabric with a brown print of mini flowers, ovals and leaves. Next are 12 blocks of light green fabric printed with dark brown leaves which surround the six brown blocks. The quilt has a border approximately 5 1/8" wide that is made of the same light brown fabric found in the middle layer of the flowers. The border has rounded corners and is bound with a red cotton fabric. The backing is large pieces of red and brown cotton fabric. A horizontal stripe of brown is at the top, a red in the middle and another brown at the bottom. The quilting stitches are a simple diagonal, running from the lower left to the upper right. There is no stitching running the other direction. The quilting was done with brown thread and the rows of stitching are approximately one inch apart.
Notes This quilt was made by Mrs. Nancy Ellen Bracken in 1865 from the dresses in her wedding trousseau.
Collection Mrs. George Pullen Collection
Event American Civil War
People Bracken, Nancy Ellen
Subjects Weddings
House work
Civil wars
Search Terms Wedding
Quilt patterns
Civil War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS