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St. Joseph Sesquicentennial Quilt

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QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-4577

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number

85.0090

What is the title of the quilt?

St. Joseph Sesquicentennial 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).

Berrien Towne and Country Quilters

If this quilt was made by a group, describe activities the group engaged in.

Annual Quilt. This was the first project for our new organization.

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

WHERE WAS THE QUILT MADE: City:

St. Joseph

County:

Berrien

State:

Michigan (MI)

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

1976-1999

When was the quilt started?

1/1984

When was the quilt finished?

6/1984

This quilt was made to be used as a

Gift or presentation

Please explain other reasons why this quilt was made.

The St. Joseph Sesquicentennial Committee commissioned the Berrien Towne and Country Quilters to make it, then donated it to the Fort Miami Heritage Society

How is this quilt used?

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Group

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

St. Joseph

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

Berrien

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

Michigan (MI)

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

How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

When did the quilt maker begin making quilts?

If you chose Other, explain the why the quilt maker quilts.

For enjoyment, to learn from each other, to raise money to support the operation of our group. Some money is donated to the YWCA.

Has the quilt maker ever sold quilts?

yes

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

83"

How long is the quilt?

83"

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

What is the shape of the corners?

Straight

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.

Multicolor

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 you chose Other, please describe the type of inscription here. This is not the field for the actual inscription, just the type of inscription.

Title

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

St. Joseph Sesquicentennial. Each block has quilters initials. The back has name of all 45 women who worked on it in ink.

What is the date found on the quilt?

1834-1984

How was the inscription made?

In the quilting

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

on block

How many blocks are in the quilt?

13

How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

Separated by plain sashing

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

How many borders are on the quilt?

4

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

Cotton

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

What types of prints 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 novelty technique was used to make the quilt top?

What embellishments were used to make the quilt top?

Embroidery

What embellishment materials were used to make the quilt top?

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

What color is the back of the quilt?

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

1

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 construction technique was used to finish the edge of the quilt?

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?

Polyester

How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

Describe the overall quilt design.

Patches outlined/in the ditch

Describe any decorative patterns used in the quilt design.

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

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

Outline/Ditch, Waves, Gulls

How did the quilt maker acquire the fabric for this quilt?

Purchased new

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

Fabrics were purchased at The Fabric Shoppe, St. Joseph

What is the source of the quilt's pattern?

Original to maker

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

St. Joseph, MI, 6/1894-11/1984, Gallery, Krasl Art Center; Herald Palladium, St. Joseph, 7/16/1984 and 8/20/1984.

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public-Other

Quilt owner's name:

Fort Miami Historical Society

Quilt owner's city:

St. Joseph

Quilt owner's county:

Berrien

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?

Gift

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

The group was only 2 months old when we began the project. Being a newly formed group from all over the county, not really knowing each other or our quilting experiences, we were quite pleased with our group, but we received much recognition - newspaper, radio and TV interviews.

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

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

Made entire quilt

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

Designed the pattern

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

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

The center has the St. Joseph Sesquicentennial logo and 12 scenes of local significance surround it. Grapes are also shown. Two small wallhangings accompany it.

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

Cite this Quilt

;. St. Joseph Sesquicentennial Quilt. 6/1984. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-4577. Accessed: 12/01/21