Rail Fence Signature



Cite this Quilt

Lawrence, Mart. Rail Fence Signature. 1988. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 09/22/20



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Block pattern

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Excellent/like new

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The Fine Art Summer School

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Made by owner

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Made the quilt

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Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

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

Quilt made by Marty Lawrence and students. Fine Arts Summer School. Row 1: Mrs Marty Lawrence, Stephen Powell, Logan McKenzie Franzen, Laura Rozyla, Mrs. Doyle Treijillo. Row 2: Andrea Crews, Sheene Tre, Carl Amrhern, Allison Winford, Melissa Huss. Row 3: Domonique Erin Taylor Franzen, Jessica Shaw, Yo Yo, Nikki McNea. Row 4: Emily Perkins Harbin, Echo Lyles, Abby Lyles, May Petrides, Adrienne Bolden. Row 5: Mrs. Earlene Cornette, Richard T. Carrier, Erika Guilles, Bridgette, Mrs. Jan Hartranft

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Michigan (MI)

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Ink drawing/Painting

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Michigan State University Museum

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Who made the quilt top?

Lawrence, Marty

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Michigan (MI)

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Machine Piecing

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No filling

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Michigan (MI)

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Edges turned in/ no separate binding

Quilt owner's name:

Marty Lawrence

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6" x 6"

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Collection or Project Name

Michigan Quilt Project

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Rail Fence Signature

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1 4" plain

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Michigan Quilt Project Number


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Quilted or tied the top

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Finished quilt

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