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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1980.47.2
Date ca. 1850
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-87.5 W-93 inches
Description This is a Christian Cross pattern quilt. It is hand stitched and constructed of cream cotton squares alternating with blocks comprised with smaller cotton squares and rectangles with cream-colored center crosses. The main blocks are all completed in shades of brown except 1 green and 2 blue block. All of the blocks are turned and set in on a diamond shape. The plain blocks are quilted in a criss-cross pattern with the rows of stitches set approximately .5" apart. The cross blocks have diagonal rows of quilt stitches set between .25" and .5" apart. The border is made of three strips of 1.25" wide fabric. The inner and outer border strips are made of light brown cotton with clusters of red and cream circles with tiny brown dots. On the right side of the quilt, this brown cotton is replaced by strips of brown cotton with a small white diamond pattern. The center strip is the same cream fabric used in the plain cream blocks throughout the quilt. This border goes around the bottom, left, and right sides of the quilt. The binding is red cotton. The backing is solid cream cotton. There is an inscription on the back of the quilt located on the lower right corner that reads, "FRITZ."
Notes This is one of two quilts donated by Ruth Power that belonged to her great grandmother Kerronhappuck Hendricks Hendrix. Hendrix was born in Bath County, Ky., January 28, 1814 and was the daughter of Peter Hendricks Jr. & Kerronhappuck Hendricks. She married Sanford Hendrix, December 13, 1832 and died in Bath County on July 20, 1891.

The patterned fabrics used in this quilt are excellent examples of common patterns in the mid 1800s.
Collection Ruth Power Collection
Event American Civil War
People Hendrix, Kerronhappuck Hendricks
Subjects Beds
House work
Civil wars
Search Terms Kentucky
Quilt patterns
Civil War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS