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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1980.50
Maker Thomas, Elizabeth
Date ca. 1870
Material(s) Silk/Wool
Dimensions H-66 W-63 inches
Description This crazy quilt is constructed of velvet and wool. The top of this quilt is composed of nine pieced blocks surrounded by a pieced border that measures 13.25" wide at the top, 8.75" wide at the sides, and 8.5" wide along the bottom. The patches and border are embroidered with cotton or wool thread. The top row of blocks has pieces embroidered with a large basket in blues and greens filled with flowers with a butterfly beneath, a cornucopia initialed with "B", a white bird, two birds in a cage, and a dog. The center row has pieces embroidered with a butterfly, parasol, rooster, a house with a fence and trees, a white cow, and a mean on a horse with two dog. The bottom row has pieces embroidered with flowers, leaves, a horseshoe, parasol, fan, and blue jay. The border has is embroidered with images of flowers, wheat, a bird, a woman in Colonial-style dress, and acorns. This quilt has no batting. The top is stitched to the backing at wide intervals. The backing is made of cream-colored cotton and is attached to each block and border segment individually. There is no binding, and the edges are finished with a folded edge that is secured by hand stitching.
Notes This quilt was made by Elizabeth Thomas Willis, a relative of the donor. According to the donor, Elizabeth Thomas was born on April 16, 1835 in Nelson County, Ky., and married Samuel Pearson Willis, in Louisville, Ky., on March 24, 1853. The donor reports "She was was from Cox's Creek and was a sister of Smith Thomas who was Minister of the Baptist Church there..."
Collection Beth Patterson Collection
Event American Civil War
People Willis, Elizabeth Thomas
Willis, Samuel Pearson
Subjects Beds
House work
Civil wars
Search Terms Kentucky
Quilt patterns
Civil War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS