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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1994.11.3
Maker McCain, Millie Anderson
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-76 W-76 inches
Description The pattern of this quilt is a variation of the "whig rose" design. The quilt is a cotton applique of nine blocks, each roughly 26" square. The blocks in the corners and the center have a conventional applique pattern. The whig rose/tree of life variation is on a white background with machine quilted vines and leaves. The stem and leaves are made of green and brown cotton calico prints. There is a red fan at the top of the main stem. There are six red dots and a gold dot in the pineapple-like flowers to the right and left of the main stem. There are three whig roses and two buds below it and two yellow and red blooms with two buds on the lowest side stems. The whig roses are made from double pinks, red, and gold material. The stems have green machine stitching on the outlines. There are white cotton divider panels machine quilted with vines, leaves, and buds. The quilt has a red cotton binding. Individual blocks have their own white cotton backing and the blocks are hand stitched together.
Notes Millie McCain was born on a Marion County farm in 1855. She married Joseph Austin McCain in 1870. They had two children, James (1877) and Daisy (1884). She helped run the family farm and sewed men's and women's clothing on the side.

This was Millie's early experiment in machine quilting. Upon close inspection there are many places where the stitching wanders off course.
Collection Martha G. Kelley Collection
People McCain, Millie Anderson
McCain, Joseph Austin
Subjects Tree of life
Patterns (Design elements)
Search Terms Quilt
Quilt patterns
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS