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Accession Number: 1969.30.11

Physical Description: Crazy quilt featuring elaborate embroidery on many different pieces of silk fabric, including plain silks, damasks, twills, and velvets. Most pieces are embroidered at the seams in varying colors of thread. Ornate embroidered designs include a horseshoe, fish, frog, butterfly, fan, and flowers. The top also is decorated with an appliquéd leaf, pieced fan, and small painted landscape scene. Numerous embroidered rings overall, indicating the quilt probably was made for a wedding. Initials are embroidered in many locations on the top. Wide velvet borders featuring printed floral designs along sides, and plain red blocks at corners. Red wool backing, quilted through cotton batting in a grid pattern visible on backing only. Hand- and machine-pieced, hand-embroidered, and hand-quilted.

History of Object: According to notes in the accession file, this quilt was used by a Mrs. McConnell of Ransomville, Kansas (Franklin County), who was the donor?s great-grandmother. Census records show this person to be Samantha A. McConnell. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1843, and moved from Ohio to a farm near Auburn, Kansas, with her husband John and young children sometime in the 1870s. In the 1880s they moved on to Franklin County, where Samantha is buried near her husband in the Mount Hope Cemetery outside Williamsburg. The elaborate nature of the quilt, and the embroidered initials and numerous rings, probably indicate it was made for the wedding of Samantha?s daughter, Jennie, to George Janes in 1888. The embroidered initials ?GKJ? likely stand for George K. Janes, and ?JM? for Jennie McConnell. The quilt was passed down through the family to the donor.

Date: Between 1880 and 1900

Dimensions (in cm): 190.00 (H) 168.00 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [embroidered initials scattered around top] M.M / D. W / G K J / J M / L M / M / R //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Individual: Janes, George K.
    Individual: McConnell, Samantha A.,1843-1919
    Use, Place of: Ransomville (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Weddings
    Use, Place of: Franklin County (Kan.)
    Individual: Janes, Jennie McConnell, 1864-

Status: Cataloged

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