Pineapple


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2F2

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
85.0890

Page 1

OwnerNameF010
Pineapple
AddNotesF132
This quilt was made between 1870-80 by Matilda Godfrey Vary (my husbands grandmother). It had been unused until recently because no one especially liked the pineapple color signed Mary Vary. The Vary-Godfrey-McCrory families all settled in the Marshall-Ceresco-Battle Creek area, and like most Michigan settlers of the early 1800s the majority came from New York state, from families who in turn had moved from the coastal states as settlements moved westward. Isabella Godfrey (1816-1892) married David Godrey, Ceresco. They had two daughters Matilda Godfrey (1848-1924) and Isabelle Godfrey. Matilda (Tillie) married Edmund Vary and had two sons, Clarence Vary (m. E. Janette Phelps) and Edwin Vary (m. Mary Burns). Isabelle Godfrey married Edwin Allen and had a daughter Matilda Allen (m. Howard E. Coffin). Edwin Vary had two daughters, Anne Allison Vary (m. Gerald Robbins) and Janette Phelps Vary (m. Harry Kutten). Isabel McCrory Godfrey made each of her daughters, Matilda (Tillie) and Isabelle (Belle) identical "crazy quilt" couch throws, except that each has a panel near the center embroidered with the daughter's name. The quilts are of silks and velvets, with a wide band of wine colored velvet around the edge, backed with a rather heavy border. I came into possession of both quilts, because Matilda Allen Coffin had no children, so gave her mother's quilt (which says "Belle") to Emma Janette Vary for her grand-daughters, and to keep it in the family. This quilt is now in the possession of Anne Vary Robbins, my older daughter, who lives in Manitowoc, WI. The other quilt, "TIllie"'s I am keeping for my younger daughter Janette Vary Kutter, who is "Tillie's" great-grand-daughter. I am sure there must be dozens (hundreds!) of Michigan-made quilts - finding them and documenting would be a fascinating project. I am sure you have already checked such membership lists as D.A.R., Colonial Dames, various historical societies and churchs, etc. Mrs. S. said you were particularly interested in appliqued quilts - those of course had a great revival around 1920 when they were much in vogue; and of course they, in turn, would be 65-70 years old now, but might be easier to track down now in 1985. I hope some of this will be of interest to you - if you plan to be in Flint soon, perhaps you would like to see Tillie's quilt. Sincerely Mary B. Vary
DateDataF006b
6/1/1985
QuiltTopF054
Vary, Matilda
QuiltedByF055
Vary, Matilda
OthPeopleF056RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007bProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
1850-1875

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060PresUseF062GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
Ceresco
CountyF106
Calhoun
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
MaidenF097b
Godfrey
BirthDateF099
1848
EnviroF104cDeathF100
1924
FatherNameF109
Godrey, David
MotherNameF111
Godfrey, Isabella McCrory
MarriageF099bSpouseF113
Vary, Edmund
NoChildF116
2
NoMaleF116b
2
LearnedToQuiltF117WhenQuiltF118WhyQuiltF119

Page 3-Physical Description

ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
QuiltSpecColorF014aOverallColorF14bDamageF016RepairsF017TypeInscripF019MethodInscripF021LocInscripF022LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
12
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029BlockStyleF030a

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
2
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036FabPrintF037ConstrucF038ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038dConstrucF038gEmbMatF039FabFiberTypesF040ColorBackingF040bNumPiecesF042
1
DescBackF043

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044FabStrucF045ConstrucBindF046QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
DesignF052aDesignF052bDesignF052c
Parallel lines

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

SourceMatF063TopSourceF064

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt owner
OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
Mary Buzna Vary
OwnerCityF084
Flint
OwnerCountyF085
Genesee
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
DateObtainedF088c
6/1/1985
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image/pjpeg
AccessF080
Restricted
CopyRestF080c
Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
10
17
2007
CE

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

IfQmakerF007aPartDesF007cPattSourceF065

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
DistribRestF080d
Michigan State University Museum
DisplayResF080e
Michigan State University Museum
LicenseF080f
Michigan State University Museum

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