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Brickley, Rebecc. LeMoyne Star. 1866. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection; Quilts and Health. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-4933. Accessed: 04/13/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-4933

Object label

LeMoyne Star
Rebecca Brickley
Ionia, Michigan
1866
Collection of Michigan State University Museum acc.#7245.1

Essay about this quilt.

Donor William Brickley provided the following information about Rebecca Brickley, who was born in Pennsylvania on May 3, 1820:

This quilt was made by my great-grandmother Rebecca Brickley, wife of Jacob Brickley, who died of cancer of the breast October 18, 1866 at the age of 46 years, 6 months and 15 days. In 1865 my great-grandmother discovered that she had cancer of the breast. She told the family, you all want to go to Michigan, so we will go this year so I won’t be left behind. In the fall of 1865, they had harvested the crops and sold the farm in Niagara County, New York.Then they started for Michigan with their possessions in wagons and with cows tied behind the wagons.They left Lockport, NewYork, in the late fall and travelled all winter to reach Ionia, Michigan in the spring of 1866. Great-grandmother made the quilt for my grandfather while she was dying. Grandfather was very choice with this quilt and refused to have it used. His daughter and then I have respected his wishes, and the quilt has not been used.That is why it is 120 years old and in original condition.

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection; Quilts and Health

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum, Quilts and Health

Michigan Quilt Project Number

85.0596

If this quilt is owned by a museum, enter the accession number here

7245.1

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

LeMoyne Star

Are there any stories about the quilt maker?

"This quilt was made by my great-grandmother Rebecca Brickley, wife of Jacob Brickley, who died of cancer of the breast October 18, 1866, at the age of 46 years, 6 months and 15 days. In 1865 my great-grandmother discovered that she had cancer of the breast. She told the family "You all want to go to Michigan, so we will go this year so I won't be left behind." In the fall of 1865 they had harvested the crops and sold the farm in Niagara County, New York. Then they started for Michigan with their possessions in wagons and cows tied behind the wagons. They left Lockport, New York, in the late fall and travelled all winter to reach Ionia, Michigan, in the spring of 1866. Great-grandmother made the quilt for my grandfather while she was dying. Grandfather was very choice of the quilt and refused to have it used. His daughter and then I have respected his wishes, and the quilt has not been used. That is why it is 120 years old and in the original condition."

When was the form filled out?

5/17/1985

Who made the quilt top?

Brickley, Rebecca

Who did the quilting?

Brickley, Rebecca

If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?

Received as a gift

Where was the quilt made (city)?

Ionia

Where was the quilt made (county)?

Ionia

Where was the quilt made (state)?

Michigan (MI)

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

1850-1875

When was the quilt started?

1866

When was the quilt finished?

1866

This quilt was made to be used as a

Memorial

Please explain other reasons why this quilt was made.

Great-grandmother made the quilt for my grandfather while she was dying.

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Female

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

Ionia

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

Michigan (MI)

What is the quilt maker's birthdate?

5/3/1820

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

Rural

If applicable, when did the quilt maker die?

10/18/1866

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker?

Seamstress, served an apprenticeship in a tailor's office.

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

English

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

Farmer

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

3

How many of the quilt maker's children were girls?

1

How many of the quilt maker's children were boys?

2

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

68

How long is the quilt?

78

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

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

Excellent/like new

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

Block pattern

How many blocks are in the quilt?

42

What size are the blocks?

6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

Alternating with plain squares

How many borders are on the quilt?

1

Describe the style of the borders.

7.5" plain, solid red

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

Cotton

What piecing method was used to make the quilt top?

Hand Piecing

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

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

Straight grain

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

How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

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

8

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

8

Describe the overall quilt design.

Outline

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

Grid/crosshatch

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Michigan Quilts: A Celebration of 150 Years of Textile Tradition, East Lansing, MI, September 12-November 1, 1987, Museum, Kresge Art Museum, MSU; Quilts from the Michigan State University Museum Collection, traveling exhibit: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, October, 1992 - January, 1993: Southwestern Michigan College Museum, Dowagiac, MI, June - September, 1995; Midland County Historical Society, Midland, MI, December 1, 1997 - January 25, 1998.

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

Michigan Quilts (1987) book, figure 37, page 39

List publications where this quilt or maker was featured.

Photos of quilter

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

Museum employee

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public- Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's name:

Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's city:

East Lansing

Quilt owner's county:

Ingham

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?

Gift

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained.

Rebecca Brickley, mother of W. Frank Brickley, father of Fred W. Brickley, Father of William J. Brickley, who donated to MSU Museum

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

Great-grandmother made the quilt for my grandfather while she was dying. Grandfather was very choice of this quilt and refused to have it used. His daughter and then I have respected his wishes, and the quilt has not been used. That is why it is in the original condition.

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

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

Made entire quilt

Who photographed this quilt?

Peter Glendinning

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

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