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Cite this Quilt

McCord, Susan Noake. McCord Vine Quilt. 1880-1890. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project; The Henry Ford. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-6078. Accessed: 09/22/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-6078

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project; The Henry Ford

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number

13.0059

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

72.140.1

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

McCord Vine Quilt

Are there any stories about the quilt maker?

Susan McCord (1829-1909) was an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making. McCord, like other thrifty housewives of the era, sewed her quilts from fabric she had on hand, mostly clothing scraps. Her everyday life was filled with household and farm chores; her “scraps” of leisure time were filled with masterful quilt making. Susan and her husband Green McCord farmed an eighty-acre farm in McCordsville, Indiana. Here Susan McCord kept house, brought up her children, sewed clothing for her family, knitted accessories, practiced homeopathic medicine, read her bible through each year, participated in sewing bees, gardened, took care of the cows and chickens--and found time to make at least thirteen extraordinary bed quilts. McCord used traditional materials, techniques and patterns—but her considerable skill at manipulating fabric, color and design turned the traditional into something exceptional. McCord’s bed coverings stand as the extraordinary legacy of an otherwise little-known Indiana farmwife.

When was the form filled out?

2013

Who made the quilt top?

McCord, Susan Noakes

Who did the quilting?

McCord, Susan Noakes

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?

Purchased the quilt

WHERE WAS THE QUILT MADE: City:

McCordsville

County:

Hancock

State:

Indiana (IN)

Country:

United States

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

1876-1900

When was the quilt finished?

1880-1890

If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date.

1880-1890

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Female

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

McCordsville

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

Hancock

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

Indiana (IN)

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

United States

What is the quilt maker's maiden name?

Noakes

What is the quilt maker's birthdate?

10-07-1829

Where was the quilt maker born (city)?

Butler

Where was the quilt maker born (state)?

Ohio

Where was the quilt maker born (country)?

United States

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

Rural

If applicable, when did the quilt maker die?

12-12-1909

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

Methodist

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker?

Farmwife

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

Noakes, Amos

Where was the quilt maker's father born?

Vermont

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

Noakes, Mahala Weathers

Where was the quilt maker's mother born?

Indiana

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

Farmer

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

7

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

2

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

5

How many quilt has the quilt maker made?

5-20 quilts

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

75.5 in

How long is the quilt?

80.5 in

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

What is the shape of the corners?

Straight

What color(s) is the quilt?

Blue; Gold; Green; Maroon; Pink; Purple; Red; White

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.

Double Pink

Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt.

Multicolor

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

Good/moderate use

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

Vertical strip

How many blocks are in the quilt?

13

What size are the blocks?

75.5 in X 5 in

How are the blocks spaced in the quilt?

Separated by plain sashing

What is the width of the sashing?

1.25 in

How many borders are on the quilt?

1

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

Cotton

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

Muslin

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

Floral; Plaid; Print; Solid/plain; Striped

What piecing method was used to make the quilt top?

Hand Piecing

What applique method was used to make the quilt top?

Hand Applique

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

What color is the back of the quilt?

White

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

3

How wide are the pieces of fabric used to make the quilt back?

34.75 in; 34 in; 6 in

How do you describe the quilt back?

Hand sewn; Solid/plain

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

Edges turned in/ no separate binding; Hand sewn

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?

Cotton

Choose the thickness of the quilt filling that best describes the quilt.

Thin

How are the quilt layers held together?

Hand quilting

Describe the fiber content or type of quilting thread used on the quilt.

Cotton

Describe the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.

White

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

9-10 stitches per inch

Describe the overall quilt design.

Grid diamond; Outline

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

This stunningly beautiful quilt is indisputably Susan McCord’s masterpiece. The trailing vine design is a McCord original. McCord pieced together printed and solid cotton fabric scraps to create the over 300 leaves on each of the thirteen vine panels. McCord used variations of this vine in the borders of several quilts. But McCord’s vine design is rendered to perfection in this work of genius.

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy, 1988. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Quilting Genius, 2004. Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.

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

Bryk, Nancy Villa, "Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy." Dearborn, Michigan: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1988. "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005. Brackman, Barbara, Shauna Christensen and Deb Rowden,"Our Favorite Quiltmakers; Susan McCord: the unforgettable artistry of an Indiana Quilter." Lawrence, Kansas: Sunflower Pattern Cooperative, 2004.

List publications where this quilt or maker was featured.

Bryk, Nancy Villa, "Susan McCord's Quilts: A Farmwife's Legacy." Dearborn, Michigan: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1988. "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford: 24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005. Brackman, Barbara, Shauna Christensen and Deb Rowden,"Our Favorite Quiltmakers; Susan McCord: the unforgettable artistry of an Indiana Quilter." Lawrence, Kansas: Sunflower Pattern Cooperative, 2004. Fons, Marianne, "Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford:24 Vintage Quilts Celebrating American Quiltmaking." Urbandale, Iowa: Landauer Corporation, 2005

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

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

Museum representative

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private- Nonprofit Organization

Quilt owner's name:

The Henry Ford

Quilt owner's city:

Dearborn

Quilt owner's county:

Wayne

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

How did the owner acquire this quilt?

Purchase

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Access and copyright information:

Restricted

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

Made entire quilt

Who photographed this quilt?

The Henry Ford

Who is the copyright holder?

The Henry Ford