The Kimball House Bicentennial Quilt





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 title of the quilt?

The Kimball House Bicentennial Quilt

Who made the quilt top?

Who did the quilting?

If this quilt was made by a group, enter the name of the group (e.g. Presbyterian Ladies Aid of Royal Oak).

Kimball Quilters

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?

Received as a gift


Battle Creek




Michigan (MI)

Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made.


When was the quilt started?


When was the quilt finished?


This quilt was made to be used as a


Please explain other reasons why this quilt was made.

Historical Society of Battle Creek, 200th birthday of America

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).


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

Battle Creek

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


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

Michigan (MI)

Did/does the quilt maker belong to a quilting group? If yes, name the group(s).

1. Post Cereal, Marjorie Jones

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

6' 10"

How long is the quilt?

8' 1"

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

Excellent/like new

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

1. Post Cereal, Marjorie Jones. 2. Barn Building, Elva Burrill. 3. Willard Library, Adele Minges. 4. McCamly Park, Miriam W. Conley. 5. The Oak Openings, Bernice White. 6. Kingman Museum, Marguerite Angood. 7. Fireplugs, Janet Lee Detweiler and Amy Clark. 8. The First Schoolhouse, Dorothy Haskell. 9. Kimball House, Alice Dean. 10. Music, Patricia Payson. 11. Transportation, Roberta Bailey. 12. Merritt Homestead, Pearl Dyer and Maude Higden. 13. Dr. Kellogg and The Towers, Janet Detweiler. 14. Attic Archeologist, Stella Dickerman. 15. The John W. Bailey Park, Ava Edwards. 16. The Trolley Car, Alice Davis. 17. Irving Park Lagoon, Marilyn Lapham. 18. The Kellogg Company, Betty Hopper. 19. Kellogg Community College, Millie Payne. 20. The Mall, Julia Purring. 21. The Verona Mill, Effa Hoyt. 22. Gaguae Lake, Martha Stocker. 23. Barney's Tavern, Shirley Hoeksema. 24. The Civic Theater, Lou Dyckman. 25. Sojourner Truth, Mattye Vest. 26.The Churches of Battle Creek, Delzella Townsend. 27. Old Downtown, Helen Jean Haynes. 28. The Battle Creek Civic Art Center, Sadie Bauer. 29. The City Hall of 1882, Rene Clark. 30. The Undergound Railway, Patty Sykes.

What is the date found on the quilt?


If you chose Other, please describe where the inscription was found.


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

Block pattern

How many blocks are in the quilt?


What is the width of the sashing?

6" 4, 1/2"W

Describe the style of the borders.


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


What piecing method was used to make the quilt top?

Machine Piecing

What applique method was used to make the quilt top?

Hand Applique

What embellishments were used to make the quilt top?


What fibers were used to make the quilt back?


How many pieces of fabric were used to make the quilt back?


What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?


How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

List other materials that exisit about the quilt. This may include oral history, diaries, photos of the maker, templates, etc.

Sketch and book explaning each block and its meaning.

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

Ownership of this quilt is:


Quilt owner's name:

Battle Creek Historical Society

Quilt owner's city:

Battle Creek

Quilt owner's county:


Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?


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

The Kimball House Museum Bicentennial Quilt has been an experience involving the challenges of design, applique, embroidery and quilting. It started an idea and a hope. The first meeting of interested people was held on February 12, 1976. General plans were made and subjects for the blocks were suggested. At the next meeting the blocks were chosen and at a third one, materials were available and help offered. From then on each person worked independently, though help and extra materials were available at Kimball House on Tuesdays. By summer the blocks, or "patches," were ready and Millie Payne put them together in the red framework. The old quilting frames were taken from Kimball House to Alice Dean's home. There the filling and backing were basted to the pieced top, then the quilt was rolled on the frames. Thereafter, once a week, the designers met to quilt their blocks. This proved to be a more tedious task than expected but nine new people came in to help. Our number ranged from three to nine people. One day we had both an eighty-year old and a great grandmother quilting. All workers have signed the quilt, the designers in their own blocks. Now the quilt hangs proudly on the frame made by Don Hanna. We who have worked happily together hope that you will enjoy our effort.

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

Made entire quilt

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

Cite this Quilt

;. The Kimball House Bicentennial Quilt. 1976. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 12/09/21