Strip work; String Quilt



Cite this Quilt

Freed, Dora Marie; Easterly Lydia; Minto Arlen. Strip work. July 2003. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 09/22/21



Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number


What is the name of the quilt given by the owner?

Strip work

What is the pattern name that it is commonly used among quilt makers and historians for this quilt?

String Quilt

When was the form filled out?


Who made the quilt top?

Freed, Dora Marie; Easterly Lydia; Minto Arlene

Who did the quilting?

Minto, Arlene

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?







Michigan (MI)

When was the quilt finished?

July 2003

This quilt was made to be used as a

How is this quilt used?

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).


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


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


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

Michigan (MI)

What is the quilt maker's maiden name?


What is the quilt maker's birthdate?


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

If applicable, when did the quilt maker die?


What is/was the ethnic or tribal background of the quilt maker?

Dutch English

What is/was the last level of education completed by the quilt maker?

Grade School

What is/was the quilt maker's religious affiliation?

Lutheran Methodist

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker?


What is the quilt maker's father's name?

Easterly, William

What is the quilt maker's mother's name?

Easterly, Lydia

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker's spouse?


Did the quilt maker have children? If so, how many?


How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

From Relative

When did the quilt maker begin making quilts?

Age 11-19

Why does/did the quilt maker make quilts?

Has the quilt maker ever sold quilts?


Has the quilt maker ever taught quilt making?


What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

74 1/4"

How long is the quilt?

78 1/2"

What is the shape of the quilt edge?


What color(s) is the quilt?

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.

Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt.


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

Excellent/like new

Is this quilt damaged? If yes, how?

Describe any repairs made to this quilt.

If the quilt has an inscription, what type(s) of inscriptions are on the quilt?

How was the inscription made?

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

What is the layout (or set) of the quilt?

Vertical strip

How many blocks are in the quilt?


What size are the blocks?

15" x 19"

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?


How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

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

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


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

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


What applique method was used to make the quilt top?

What novelty technique was used to make the quilt top?

What embellishments were used to make the quilt top?

What embellishment materials were used to make the quilt top?

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?


What color is the back of the quilt?

How do you describe the quilt back?

What fiber type was used to make the quilt binding?

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

What is the width of the binding (front side only)?

less than a half inch

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?

Cotton or polyester blend

How are the quilt layers held together?

Machine quilting

How many quilting stitches are there per inch? Count only the stitches on the top.


Choose another spot on the quilt. How many quilting stitches are there per inch? Count only the stitches on the top.


Describe the overall quilt design.

Describe any decorative patterns used in the quilt design.

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


If you chose Other, please explain how the quilt maker acquired the fabric for this quilt.

Family clothing scraps. Very little material was wasted, and based on the stories; neighbors and relatives often traded fabric. Pieced on foundation sugar sacks that include, "Housewife's Favorite 10 LBS. Certified Pure Sparkling Granulated Sugar A Mic

What is the source of the quilt's pattern?

List publications where this quilt or maker was featured.

Photos of quilter

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

Other relationship to source: If you chose Other, for the relationship to the source, describe the relationship here.

Granddaughter of quiltmaker

Ownership of this quilt is:


Quilt owner's name:

Dale and Carol Freed

Quilt owner's city:

Grand Blanc

Quilt owner's county:


Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?


Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained.

1975, Dora Marie (Easterly) Freed, paternal grandmother

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

This note will accompany the quilt to its next home: This quilt cover was made by Lydia M. (Short) Easterly (1870-1960), and her daughter Dora Marie (Easterly) Freed (1890-1987). Mother and daughter resided in the Marshall, Michigan area all their lives and represented typical housewives of the time. Being a wife, mother, and homemaker left little "free-time" for quilting, but it was a favorite activity and necessary joint winter project for both women. Many finished quilts were well used by the family, or given as gifts during the lean years of the 1920s and 1930s. Seven quilt tops, however, remained after the death of Gram Freed in 1987. My grandmother and I would unfold each top and she would explain, and name the various patterns and tell who in the family had provided certain materials or which apron or dress was represented. I told Gram that one-day I would have her quilts finished, and with the expert help of Arlene Minto of Davison, Michigan, three quilts are now complete. In keeping with the tradition, it is now being given to you as a gift from the past. Please enjoy, and cherish your Grandmother's labor of love.

Access and copyright information:


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

Quilted or tied the top

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

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

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum