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Accession Number: 1981.259.161

Physical Description: Red and green on white appliqué quilt in variation of Rose of Sharon pattern. Quilt is made up of nine appliqué medallions seamed side by side in allover set. Each medallion features a large circular flower at center, composed of plain red and pink calico fabrics on a wide green circle. Eight radiating stems issue from central flower, each bearing a pair of leaves and a single red/pink posy. Where corners of medallions meet, these posies form a floral wreath. Wide borders with appliqued vine and berry motifs. Berries are lightly stuffed. All appliqué is worked on a plain white cotton ground. Green binding with red piping. White cotton backing. Batting is probably cotton. Quilted designs include outline stitching, rings, hearts, leaves, floral and other organic motifs, all worked in a double line. Hand-stitched, appliquéd, and quilted overall.

History of Object: The quiltmaker was the donor?s aunt and stepmother, Jane McCurdy Brooks. Census records show that Jane was born in Ohio in 1834. She married Daniel Brooks, the husband of her sister, Rebecca, after the latter died sometime in the 1860s. By the 1870 census the family (including the donor) was living in Franklin County, Kansas. Jane lived in Kansas into the 20th century, showing up in the 1910 census at age 76. A letter from the donor in the Info File explains: "This quilt was made by my Aunt (also step-mother) Jane McCurdy Brooks, during Civil War days. She took the pattern from a quilt already made. Every stitch in this quilt was put in by herself. The designs for the quilting were found in various places, leaves from the woods of north-western Ohio. She was living near Ottawa, Ohio, at the time geometric designs were used. The very irregular design was cut from the lower end of a paper window shade very much in vogue in that day. Each design has two rows of stitches. The maker of the quilt kept count of the time actually spent in quilting. It amounted to twenty days. The binding is finished with a cord in the same manner as sleeves were put in the dresses of that day. It is a pleasure to give this quilt into the keeping of Shawnee Mission Museum. Donated through the General Edward Chapter D.A.R. of Ottawa, Kansas by Jennie M. Brooks." According to accession record, donated on Sept. 21, 1938.

Date: Between 1840 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 171.00 (H) 169.00 (W) L: 67 1/2" W: 66 1/2"

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Franklin County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Ottawa (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Ottawa (Ohio)
    Individual: Brooks, Jane McCurdy, 1834-1911

Creators and Contributors

    Brooks, Jane McCurdy

Status: Cataloged

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