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Accession Number: 1956.21.0

Physical Description: Pieced quilt of red, green, and yellow fabrics on white ground. Pattern blocks are pieced in a variation of the Economy Patch or Thrift Block design, with four small blocks combined in each pattern block. All fabrics are solid colors. In several places green fabric has blue blotches, indicating it was blue overdyed with yellow and pre-dates synthetic dyes. Pieced blocks are set on point and alternate with plain white blocks in an alternate set. Narrow green border. Red binding on two adjacent edges and yellow on the other two. Hand-stitched. Hand-quilted overall in grid pattern on pieced blocks, floral medallion on plain blocks, and trailing feather on border. Cotton batting. White cotton backing.

History of Object: According to accession ledger, this quilt was pieced by Mary Elizabeth Maxwell in 1842 or 1843 in Indiana. The donor (her granddaughter) claimed the backing was homespun cotton. Maxwell married Mahlon Newlin in 1846, and they moved to Kansas in 1867. Census records confirm the donor?s story (see accession file). Mary E. Maxwell was born in Indiana in 1828. She and Newlin had eight children, all born in Indiana. The family moved to Kansas around 1867, first in Council Grove where Mahlon was a trader and Indian agent to the Kaw or Kansa tribe. By 1875 they had moved to Lawrence, when Mahlon died in 1897 and Mary in 1904. The couple was active in the Friends (Quaker) church.

Date: Between 1840 and 1846

Dimensions (in cm): 201.00 (H) 195.00 (W) L: 79"; W: 77"

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Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Morris County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Douglas County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Council Grove (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Indiana
    Use, Place of: Kansas
    Use, Place of: Lawrence (Kan.)
    Individual: Newlin, Mary Elizabeth Maxwell, 1828-1904
    Individual: Newlin, Mahlon Hockett, 1823-1897

Creators and Contributors

    Newlin, Mary Elizabeth Maxwell

Status: Cataloged

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