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Alcott, Abigail Ma. Garden Path. 1800-1849. From Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project - MassQuilts, Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, MassQuilts; Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=11-37-7188. Accessed: 04/13/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

11-37-7188

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project - MassQuilts

Who documented this quilt?

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, MassQuilts; Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

ID# CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS

4697

ALTERNATIVE INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBER: If applicable, enter any alternate inventory control number for this quilt. For museums, this might be an accession number.

OrH# 1994.10

OWNERSHIP OF THIS QUILT IS: Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection.

Public Museum, Library or Institution

Quilt Owner: Add name of Quilt Owner if public or if the private owner agrees.

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

City: QUILT OWNER CITY

Concord

QUILT OWNER STATE: State of current quilt owner.

Massachusetts (MA)

County: QUILT OWNER COUNTY

Middlesex

QUILT OWNER COUNTRY: Country of current quilt owner

United States

Overall Size, width: Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)

79

Length: Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).

85

Quiltmaker: QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

Alcott, Abigail May

STATE: Enter the state where the quilt maker lives/lived.

Massachusetts (MA)

City: Enter the city where the quilt maker lives/lived.

Concord

COUNTRY: Enter the country where the quilt maker lives/lived.

United States

Quiltmaker's D.O.B.: Enter the birth date of the quilt maker (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1800

Birthplace: Name of the city where the quilt maker was born.

Boston

QUILT MAKER'S COUNTRY OF BIRTH: Select the quilt maker's country of birth, if known.

United States

Date of Death: Enter the date of death of the quilt maker (if applicable, as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965). You may also include Location of death.

1877 in Concord, MA.

Occupation: Enter the occupation of the quilt maker (if retired, former occupation).

social worker/ seamstress

Occupation: Enter the occupation of the quilt maker's spouse.

teacher/philosopher

# of Children: Enter the number of children of the quilt maker.

4

Quiltmaker's Mother's Name: Enter the name of the quilt maker's mother. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

May, Dorothy Sewall

Birthplace: Enter the birthplace of the quilt maker's mother. You may include birth date here.

Boston,MA

Quiltmaker's Father's Name: Enter the name of the quilt maker's father. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

May, Joseph

Birthplace: Enter the birthplace of the quilt maker's father. You may enter the birth date here.

Boston,MA

HOW DID THE QUILTMAKER LEARN TO QUILT: Choose the way(s) the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

WHEN LEARNED TO QUILT (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY): Choose the age when the quilt maker learned to quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

WHY DOES/DID THE QUILTMAKER QUILT: Choose the best explanation(s) for why the quilt maker makes quilts. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

Anything else known about the quiltmaker? Enter any information about the quilt maker not already entered in a previous field.

possible quiltmaker/no solid evidence.

How did owner acquire quilt? Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Gift

STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Unknown

Where, why, for what occasion/person/use was quilt made? If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

OCCASION, DATE, PERSON INHERITED FROM, ETC: If the quilt was inherited, enter any information you know about the inheritance. Skip the question if the quilt was not passed down in the family.

from descendants of Alcotts

Source of Pattern: Choose where the quilt maker found the pattern for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

Who did quilting/tying? Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.

1800-1849

Note: Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

fewer squares, 3 not 5

Format: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Vertical strip

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Finished quilt

Technique: Choose the piecing method used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no piecing appears in the quilt.

Hand Piecing

CONTAINS PAPER REMAINS: This field is for quilts that have been either string pieced on a paper foundation or English template pieced. Choose yes if you can feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid.

Unknown

Technique: Choose the applique method used to construct the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no applique appears.

Unknown

Technique: Choose the novelty method used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no novelty technique appears on the quilt.

Unknown

Technique: Choose the embellishment technique used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. If your answer in Field 38f was no, skip this question.

Unknown

Layout: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks appear in the quilt.

Unknown

Layout: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks are set together. Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another.

Unknown

Layout: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.

T-cutout

Layout: If you chose Other, please describe the edge treatment here.

Four Poster, 13.5 x 14

verrt rows X horiz rows number of blocks This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Some blocks are harder to count than others (e.g. Storms at Sea, Double Wedding Ring). If needed, describe how the blocks were counted or if there are half

11 strips: 6 pieced/4 floral ribbon print

Block Shape Some patterns use the same shape template throughout the quilt (i.e. Charm quilts, Grandmother Flower Garden, Brick wall, Lone Star). If this applies to your quilt, choose the best description.

Unknown

FABRIC Fibers: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

Weaves/Surfaces Choose all the types of fabric that are used to make the quilt top.

Glazed

Patterns: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Print

UNIQUE FIBER, FABRIC, OR FABRIC PRINT TYPES USED: Describe any fibers used in the quilt top that do not appear in Field 37, including any unique characteristics of fiber, fabric, or fabric prints used. There is a separate Field (38g) for embellishments.

early fabrics/ see full record/plain weave

PREDOMINANT COLORS: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Brown

QUILT-SPECIFIC COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: These are color names that describe how the fabric was made, (usually a dye process) or where the fabric was manufactured.

Unknown

OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.

Multicolor

QUILTING Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Hand quilting

Motif Design Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

Motif Design Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

Motif Design Choose the background quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

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

horizontal lines on pieces strips/ diagonal on alternate & borders

If applicable, width between quilting lines: Try to determine the average distance between quilt motifs to determine how densely the quilt is quilted. Enter your estimate.

1"

BORDER Enter the number of borders on the quilt.

1

Fiber Weave Pattern Describe the style of the borders (i.e. pieced, appliquéd, stenciled) and the width of each border, from the inside to the outside.

Cotton, print, floral print, plain weave, 2.75" strip on 2 sides only

BINDING EDGING Choose the construction technique used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Separate binding applied

Fiber Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

Weave Choose the fabric structure used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Plain weave

Pattern Enter any binding materials used on the quilt that do not appear in a previous field.

different fabrics, pink & brown print

BATTING Choose the fiber content that best describes the material used to fill the quilt.

Cotton

BATTING Choose the thickness of the quilt filling that best describes the quilt.

Medium (3/16

BACKING Enter the number of pieces of fabric used in the quilt back.

12+

Fiber Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt back. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

Predominant Color: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt backing. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

INSCRIPTION Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

OTHER TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: If you chose Other, please describe the type of inscription here. This is not the field for the actual inscription, just the type of inscription.

No inscription

Front/back Enter where the inscription was found on the quilt.

Unknown

Technique: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

CONDITION Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Good/moderate use

CONDITION Use this field to describe specific damage to the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Dirty

OTHER DAMAGE TO QUILT: If you chose Other, please describe the damage.

browns are deteriorated to show batting

REPAIRS TO QUILT: If the quilt has been repaired or restored, use this field to describe the work that was done. Leave the field blank if the quilt has had no repairs.

Unknown

CONDITION Some quilts have had extensive or unusual repair work done. Please use this field to describe anything that didn't fit in the previous fields.

This quilt is structurally sound.

No. If you have a reference for the pattern name, put the number and source here.

484

Variation: Comments: This is the name of the quilt pattern that it is commonly used among quilt makers and historians. It may be different in different regions of the country.

Garden Path

SHAPE OF CORNERS: Choose the best description for the corners of the quilt.

Unknown

OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1840c

EMBELLISHMENT MATERIALS USED IN TOP: Choose the embellishment material used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

WIDTH OF QUILT BINDING: Choose the width (in inches) of the binding of the quilt. Measure from the front side only.

Unknown

SOURCE OF QUILT'S MATERIALS: Choose how the quilt maker acquired the fabric for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

GENDER: Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s). Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Unknown

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.

Restricted

FOR HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT, CONTACT: Enter the name of the person or institution that owns the copyright to the image.

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House