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Quilt Patterns from Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

I. Jagged Edge
Jagged Edge, the quilt pattern title of the first section of the book is not commonly found in the Quilt Index documentation as of this writing. Several patterns with triangular pieced edges include Sawtooth and Dog tooth are included however and shown here.

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Sawtooth
Maker unknown
1875-1900
Collection of the Detroit Historical Museum acc.#66.80.2

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Feathered Star
Diana Maria Arnold
1834
Private Collection

II. Rocky Road
Many examples of Rocky Road have been entered in the Quilt Index.

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Granny’s String Quilt
______ Stanfield
Swift, HarEl Pasodin County, Tennessee
1940s
Private Collection

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Star Tennessee
Beatric Sanders Brown
Bunker Hill, Giles County, Tennessee
1890
Private Collection

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Four Pointed Star
Mrs. Oscar Ayers
Bedford, Tennessee
1900
Private Collection

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Variation of Crazy Quilt
Breckenridge Family
c1900
Private Collection

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Four Point Star String Quilt
Nan Hurst
Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee
c1917
Private Collection

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Nancy Ziegler Cunningham
Mt. Sterling, Brown County, Illinois
1875
Collection of the Illinois State Museum acc.#1976.49 (746990)

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Maker unknown
1894
Private Collection

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Helen Hounshell
Wythe County, West Virginia
1915
Private Collection

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Maker unknown
c1900
Collection of the Wyoming State Museum acc.#89.21.1

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Maker unknown
Date
Private Collection

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Rocky Road to Arkansas
Ruth Odom
St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina
D1975
Private Collection

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Rocky Road to Kansas
Maker unknown
Iredell County, North Carolina
1920
Collection of the North Carolina Museum of History, acc.#1981.226.1

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Title
Maker unknown
Private Collection

III. Puss in the Corner
IV. Young Man’s Fancy
V. Broken Dishes
VI. Secret Drawer
VII. Snake Fence
VIII. Fox and Geese
IX. Hearts and Gizzards
X. Lady of the Lake
XI. Falling Timbers
XII. Solomon’s Temple
XIII. Pandora’s Box
XIV. The Letter X
XV. The Tree of Paradise

Additional Resources:
Atwood, Margaret Alias Grace McClelland and Stewart, Inc., 1996. (Reference: Seal Books Edition, reissued 2000)
Atwood, Margaret, In Search of Alias Grace: On Writing Canadian Historical Fiction, American Historical Review, Vol. 103, NO. 5, Dec 1998
Rogerson, Margaret, Reading the Patchworks in Alias Grace, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, March 1998 33: 5-22,
Niederhoff, Burkhard, How to Do Things with History: Researching Lives in Carol Shields’ Swann and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature June 2000 35: 71-85,
Showalter, Elaine, Sister’s Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women’s Writing Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
Walker, Marilyn, Ontario’s Heritage Quilts, Toronto: Stoddart. 1992

Justine Richardson
Matrix, 7/1/2012
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Quilt Title

Artist Name     Contributer

1800     Location, Place

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Quilt Size: 61 inches x 61 inches

Fabrics: Cotton, Geometric, Novelty, Solid/plain

Construction: Machine Piecing

Quilting Techniques: Machine quilting

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  • Documentation Project

    Michigan Quilt Project

    Michigan State University

  • Documentation Project

    Connecticut Quilt Search

  • Documentation Project

    The Quilts of Tennessee

    Tennessee State Library

  • 1875-1900

    Sawtooth

  • 1876-1900

    Feathered Star

    Arnold, Diana Maria...

  • 1940's

    Granny's String Q...

    Stanfield,

  • 1876-1900

    Star

    Brown, Beatrice San...

  • 1876-1900

    Four Pointed Star...

    Ayers, Mrs. Oscar

  • c1900

    Variation of Cra...

  • 1901-1929

    Four Point Star S...

    Hurst, Nan

  • 1876-1900

    Rocky Road to Kan...

    Cunningham, Nancy Z...

  • 1876-1900

    Rocky Road to Kan...

  • 1901-1929

    ROCKY ROAD TO KAN...

    HOUNSHELL, ELLEN

  • Rocky Road to Kan...

  • Rocky Road to Kan...

  • 1901-1929

    Rocky Road to Kan...

    Unknown, Quiltmaker...

  • Rocky Road to Kan...

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