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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1968.6
Maker Fox, Bea
Date 1861
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions W-85 D-81 inches
Description This is a "Twinkling Star" patterned quilt made of white, red, and gold cotton fabric. There are 16 large squares (four across, four down). The large squares are approximately 14 inches high and wide. The star pattern is set diagonally within each large square that has a white field and gold corners. The center of the star is a red eight sided block. On four sides are the star points made of small triangles in gold and red. The large squares are joined with a red and gold sashing. It has a center stripe of red with gold stripes on both sides. At the junctions of the sashing are small, approximately five inches high and wide. They have an eight sided white block at center and red corners. There are 20 small blocks, there being none on the top edge. The backing is made of calicoes in four different patterns - stripes and flowers in browns and reds and ecrus. The quilting is large, hand stitches in white cotton thread in a plain square pattern. The stitches are inconsistent. There is narrow red binding on the edges, through it is missing on the bottom edge.
Notes This quilt was pieced and quilted by Bea Fox in 1861 when she was 13 years old. She was a student at St. Catherine's Academy in Springfield, Kentucky at the time. Later she married John Fogarty of Boyle County. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Fox who came from Limerick, Ireland in 1849. After a brief stay in Mercer County, the family moved to Boyle County where they acquired a farm on the Lancaster Pike.

The donor of this quilt was a granddaughter of the Foxes and a niece of Mrs. Fogarty.

TWINKLING STAR #835, PG. 167, KEY TO 1000 QUILT PATTERNS, BY JUDY REHMEL
Collection Alice Fox Timoney Collection
People Fox, Bea
Subjects Quilting
Quilts
Stars
Textiles
Girls
Residential schools
Search Terms Boyle County (Ky.)
Quilt patterns
Quilting
Quilts
Ireland
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS