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12-8-6359

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number:

13.0057

Quilt's title:

Colonial Sewing Bee

When was the form filled out?

11/20/2013

Quilt top made by:

Miller, Marjorie

Quilted by:

Miller, Marjorie

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

Inherited

Where the quilt was made, city:

Detroit

Where the quilt was made, county:

Wayne

Where the quilt was made, state:

Michigan (MI)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Time period:

1930-1949

When was the quilt finished?

1935

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's city:

Detroit

Quiltmaker's county:

Wayne

Quiltmaker's state:

Michigan (MI)

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Bradley

Quiltmaker's birth date:

9/1/1900

Quiltmaker's birthplace, city:

Brantford

Quiltmaker's birthplace, province:

Ontario

Quiltmaker's birthplace, country:

Canada

In which kind of environment did the quiltmaker live?

Urban

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

10/1963

Quiltmaker's educational background:

Catholic Convent

Quiltmaker's religious affiliation:

at death - none

Quiltmaker's occupation:

Housewife. J.L. Hudson's had promotionals where they used to call her to demonstrate.

Quiltmaker's father's name:

Bradley, _____

Quiltmaker's mother's name:

Bradley, Minnie

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouse(s) occupation:

Engineer

Number of children:

2

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

1

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

1

How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

Self-Taught

When did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

Age 30-39

Estimated number of quilts made by this quiltmaker:

5-20 quilts

Name(s) of group(s) the quiltmaker belongs(ed) to:

Detroit News Quilt Club

This is a:

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

71"

How long is the quilt?

84"

Shape of edge:

Straight

Overall color scheme:

Light or pastel colors

Quilt's condition:

Excellent/like new

Type of inscription:

Signature; Date; Place

What is inscribed on the quilt?

Marjorie Miller Detroit

What is the date inscribed on the quilt?

Oct. '35

How was the inscription made?

Embroidery

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

on back

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Number of quilt blocks:

40

Size of quilt blocks:

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Alternating with plain squares

Number of borders:

1

Border description:

8 1/2" white

Fiber type(s) used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Describe any unusual techniques used to make the quilt top:

Embroidered details, hair, baskets, pins, very fine work.

Embellishment techniques used to make the quilt top:

Embroidery

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

Materials used in the quilt binding:

Cotton

How is the binding made?

Separate binding applied; Bias grain; Front turned to back

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Cotton

Quilting techniques used:

Hand quilting

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

12

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:

13

Describe the quilting designs used:

Hanging grid 1/2" apart Feathers The quilting is exquisite.

Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:

Appeared in the Detroit News on January 16, 1936 in the Quilt Club Corner column edited by Edith B. Crumb.

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's name:

Marjorie Vilan

Quilt owner's city:

Livonia

Quilt owner's county:

Wayne

Quilt owner's state:

Michigan (MI)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Inheritance

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

MSU Board of Trustees

Cite this Quilt

Miller, Marjori. Colonial Sewing Bee. 1935. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-6359. Accessed: 05/17/22

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