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Album Patch quilt top

Album Patch quilt top
Date: between 1854 and 1856
This Album Patch quilt top is composed of multi-colored pieced calico blocks set on a white muslin ground. Inked names handwritten on the center of each block include Lyda Davis, Sarah Emminger, Ellen Wiestline, and Mary Swartz. White paper fragments with handwritten names are pinned to the center of some blocks. Dates written on the top include 1854, 1855, and 1856. This top probably was made in Pennsylvania and later brought to Kansas.


Crazy quilt top

Crazy quilt top
Creator: Wilson, Henrietta Elizabeth (Means)
Date: between 1899 and 1900
Unfinished crazy quilt without a backing or binding. Quilt features many irregularly shaped pieces of fabric stitched to a cotton foundation and outlined in multi-colored embroidery. Embroidered names include the maker's cousin, Foster Means. The quilt incorporates printed ribbon badges with marks indicating the Northwestern Kansas Teachers Association and the Freemasons. The quilter was Henrietta Elizabeth Means Wilson. She made this top before her marriage to Oren V. Henderson on July 17, 1901 at Atwood, Kansas. Henrietta was an elementary school teacher and Oren served as Superintendent of Schools for Rawlins County.


Log Cabin quilt top

Log Cabin quilt top
Creator: Farrell, Elvira Cady
Date: between 1875 and 1899
Log Cabin quilt top in pattern variation known as Light and Dark. This unfinished quilt was made using the foundation method, with narrow silk strips basted to a cotton foundation. The quilt maker was Elvira Cady Farrell (1810-1891), the donor's grandmother.


Nicodemus quilt top

Nicodemus quilt top
Creator: Scruggs, Mary Jane Lewis
Date: between 1875 and 1900
Unfinished quilt top made in a variation of the Love Apple appliqué design. The quilter was Mary Jane Lewis Scruggs, born in Missouri in 1866 to former slaves. Scruggs' family were early settlers in Nicodemus, Kansas, a small town settled by a group of freed African Americans around 1877. In the years following the Civil War, many blacks fled the South to find better economic and social conditions in northern states, particularly Kansas. It is believed that Scruggs stitched the top while living in Nicodemus.


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