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Cotton quilt in the Formosa Tea Leaf design. Each block consists of a large star rendered in two shades of blue with red tips, set in a white background. Eight-pointed stars are quilted in the corners of each block. Quilt top has light blue border quilted in a grid. Light blue binding and white cotton backing. Gertrude Hawks made the quilt in 1948. She embroidered the pattern name, date, and her name in blue thread on the backing. Hawks lived in the Hiawatha, Kansas area all of her life, and took up quilting to pass time after her husband died in 1947. Hawks' family believes this is her only quilt for which she specifically purchased the fabric, likely in Hiawatha. The pattern for this quilt originally ran in the Kansas City Star in 1931.
Creator: Hawks, Gertrude
Item Number: 220894
KSHS Identifier: 2008.29.1
Collections - Museum
Community Life - Arts and Entertainment - Art - Decorative arts - Quilting
Date - 1940s - 1948
Home and Family - Daily life - Housework - Quilting
Home and Family - Daily life - Leisure - Hobbies - Quilting
Objects and Artifacts - Furnishings - Bedding - Quilt
Places - Cities and towns - Hiawatha
Places - Counties - Brown
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts