Birmingham Bicentennial Quilt



Cite this Quilt

;. Birmingham Bicentennial Quilt. Spring 1976. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 12/07/19



Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made.


When was the quilt started?

Fall 1974

What is the best description of the quilt's condition?

Very good/almost new

If this quilt was made by a group, enter the name of the group (e.g. Presbyterian Ladies Aid of Royal Oak).

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association

Is this quilt damaged? If yes, how?

What embellishment materials were used to make the quilt top?

Describe any repairs made to this quilt.

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?


How did the owner acquire this quilt?


If you are a relative of the quiltmaker, how are you related? The quiltmaker is my

Quilt owner

If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?

Received as a gift

What color is the back of the quilt?

Describe the overall quilt design.

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

How many pieces of fabric were used to make the quilt back?


Describe any decorative patterns used in the quilt design.

What environment did the quilt maker(s) live in?

Describe any background/fill patterns used in the quilt design.

Where was the quilt made (city)?


Enter the exact inscription here, including dates in the same form in which they appear on the quilt. Do not correct any spellings.

Each person's initials, Bicentennial Symbol upper left corner

How do you describe the quilt back?

Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.


Where was the quilt made (county)?


What is the date found on the quilt?


Where was the quilt made (state)?

Michigan (MI)

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt.

Contributing Institution Name

Michigan State University Museum

What is the width of the sashing?

3 1/2"

If one shape is used throughout the quilt, what is that shape?

How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

When did the quilt maker begin making quilts?

Why does/did the quilt maker make quilts?


If you chose Other, explain the why the quilt maker quilts.

Quilt was made by 40 persons interested in City of Birmingham and bicentennial. Given to city as a gift.

Did/does the quilt maker belong to a quilting group? If yes, name the group(s).

Leslie Masters, Barb Dickey, Helen Rucarean, Barb Milton, Pat Heller, Jo Ewald, Peggy Perry, Carolyn Hall, Judy Laslie, Peggy Perry, Virginia Bayorin, Claudia Ireland, Mary Simonian, Thelma Yedlin, Jean Schuler, Joyce Nagel, and Rosemary Squires.

What embellishments were used to make the quilt top?


Who did the quilting?

How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

Who made the quilt top?

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?


How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

Separated by plain sashing

These are color names that describe how the fabric was made, (usually a dye process) or where the fabric was manufactured. Enter all the specific colors that are found in the quilt.

What is the shape of the corners?


What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?


Quilt owner's county:


Where does/did the quilt maker live (city)?


When was the form filled out?


Describe anything about the design of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

All squares are of scene/homes in the city of Birmingham.

List other materials that exist about this quilt. This may include oral history, articles, additional photos or publications, etc.

Michigan Quilts (1987) book, figure 172, page 113. Observe and Eccentric, Thursday, March 25, 1976

Where does/did the quilt maker live (county)?


What color(s) is the quilt?

What novelty technique was used to make the quilt top?

Where does/did the quilt maker live (state)?

Michigan (MI)

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Library, Clubs, Historic Homes

Quilt owner's city:


What is the shape of the quilt edge?


What types of prints were used to make the quilt top?

Where did the quilt maker find the pattern for the quilting design on this quilt?

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).


What is the construction technique used to make the quilt binding?

Edges turned in/ no separate binding

Quilt owner's name:

City of Birmingham

Access and copyright information:


When was the quilt finished?

Spring 1976

How many blocks are in the quilt?


How is this quilt used?

What is the source of the quilt's pattern?

Ownership of this quilt is:


Collection or Project Name

Michigan Quilt Project

If the source helped design the quilt, choose the best description of their input.

Describe the style of the borders.

3 1/2"

What is the structure of the fabric used to make the quilt binding?

Please explain other reasons why this quilt was made, if applicable.


Michigan Quilt Project Number


How wide is the quilt?

King Sized Bed Sheet

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

What parts of the quilt making process did the quilt maker do?

Made entire quilt

What type of quilt is this?

Finished quilt

What is the title of the quilt?

Birmingham Bicentennial Quilt

How many borders are on the quilt?


What fiber type was used to make the quilt binding?

This quilt was made to be used as a


How did the quilt maker acquire the fabric for this quilt?

Purchased new