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QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-5

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number

89.0060

What is the title of the quilt?

Michigan Sesquicentennial Signature Quilt

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

Bricks

What is the number for this pattern from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns or Applique?

132b

When was the form filled out?

1/18/1989

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).

Vassar Volunteer Quilters Group

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

The original committee consisted of Cole as chairperson, Esther Goroshko, Mary Warren, Marcia Bassford, and Euella Stricker. They had help from volunteer quilters in Vassar. The quilting was done in a former Historical School of Juniata Twp.

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

Presentation or award

WHERE WAS THE QUILT MADE: City:

Vassar

County:

Tuscola

State:

Michigan (MI)

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

1976-1999

When was the quilt started?

10/1987

When was the quilt finished?

11/28/1988

This quilt was made to be used as a

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

If you chose Other, please explain the quilt's present use.

Quilt will be on exhibit at the Watrousville Historical Museum after other local and state showing.

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Group

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

Vassar

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

Tuscola

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?

Why does/did the quilt maker make quilts?

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

72"

How long is the quilt?

107"

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

What is the shape of the corners?

Straight

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.

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

Gladys Galloway, Marcia Bassford, and Marian Dubois. 240 signatures in the blocks. Lower Center - Watrousville/Caro Historical Society

What is the date found on the quilt?

Completed 1988

How was the inscription made?

Embroidery

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

How many blocks are in the quilt?

240

What size are the blocks?

7 1/2" x 3 1/2"

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?

Straight

How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

Side by side

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

How many borders are on the quilt?

1

Describe the style of the borders.

7 1/2"

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

Enter any unusual technique that hasn't been described in a previous field.

Ink drawing/Painting

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?

2

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?

Prairie Points

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

greater than one inch

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

1 1/2"

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?

Polyester

How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

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

6

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

7

Describe the overall quilt design.

Describe any decorative patterns used in the quilt design.

Feathering

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

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

Purchased new

If you chose Other, please explain where the pattern was found.

The quilt was initially suggested by Marie Cole. A member of Watrousville Caro Area Historical Society. She approached the society with the idea after seeing a similar 1880 quilt.

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Founder's Day Dinner, Caro, MI, Caro Methodist Church; Will be on exhibit at the Watrousville Historical Museum after other local and state showing.

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

Newspaper article in Tuscola County Advertiser - January 4, 1989 Back page of Front Section. Fabric swatches, Patterns

List publications where this quilt or maker was featured.

Photos of quilter

Who documented this quilt?

Quiltmaker

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public-Other

Quilt owner's name:

Watrousville/Caro Historical Society

Quilt owner's city:

Caro

Quilt owner's county:

Tuscola

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?

Presentation/award

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

Tuscola County Advertiser - January 4, 1989 Back page of Front Section Quilt debut planned for Founder's dinner In red, white, and blue, 240 signatures will be on display at the 17th Founder's Day dinner at Caro United Methodist Church. Embroidered on individual squares of a 72 by 107-inch quilt, the signatures feature dignitaries such as Governor James Blanchard, Congressman Robert Traxler, and Representative Dick Allen. Area family names fill the remaining squares. The quilt, started October 1987, was initially suggested by Marie Cole. A member of Watrousville Caro Area Historical Society. She approached the society with the idea after seeing a similar 1880 quilt. "It started out as a project for the historical society. Something like this can start with one person, but it took many people to finish," Cole said. The original committee consisted of Cole as chairperson, Esther Goroshko, Mary Warren, Marcia Bassford, and Euella Stricker. They had help from volunteer quilters in Vassar. The quilt is edged with prairie poinnte stitching. The border features a 26-star flag, to represent Michigan's joining the union, and sesquicentennial emblem, both created by Marion BuBois Welsh. Bassford stitched a pine tree square and the mitten of Michigan. Caro's artist, Gladys Galloway, contributed the apple blossom and robin squares denoting state symbols, and two Indian blocks to complete the border. The first signature block was sold September 8, 1987. Each 7 1/2" by 3 1//2" inch block was $2.50. Workers got togetherOctober 17 for the first day of sewing. After 329 hours of work, the project was completed November 28. With its debut at the Founder's Day dinner, the signature quilt will begin a tour of display at Ruby's Yarn, libraries in Caro, Vassar, Frankenmuth, and Fairgrove, Meadowbrook, Cass River Quilters, the courthouse, and finally at the Watrousville-Caro Area Historical Museum in June, July, and August. Deadline for tickets for the Founder's Day dinner is today (Wednesday). Reservations may bee made by calling Cole 673-2083 or Bea Grabowski 673-2855. Donald Kanicki, superintendent of Marlette Community Schools, will be guest speaker at the event. The program features the Glen Eastham Trio. Photo caption: Red and White Squares displaying 240 signatures comprise a 72 by 107-inch quilt scheduled for debut at the January 10 Founder's Day Dinner at Caro United Methodist Church. The quilt took 329 hours a little over a year to complete. Time capsules preserve a slice of history for later generations to share. As Co-chairperson of The Sesquicentennial year for The State of Michigan for District #3, I thought a Signature quilt would be another way of reaching out from the past in later years. I presented the project to the historical society and they voted to make the quilt. Previous to our beginning the Signature Quilt an 1880 "Friendship Quilt" was donated to the historical society. Caro's artist, Gladys Galloway, is known all over the world for her paintings. Also Marian DuBois who did the corner blocks, one with the flag of twenty-six stars and the Sesquicentennial emblem is the same person who made the quilt for the state of Michigan during the Sesquicentennial celebration. We also have embroidered on individual squares signatures of dignataries such as Govenore James Blanchard, Congresman Robert Traxler and our own State Representative from Caro Richard (Dick) Allen. Marie G. Cole

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?

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

Cite this Quilt

;. Michigan Sesquicentennial Signature Quilt. 11/28/1988. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-5. Accessed: 12/01/21