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QUILT INDEX RECORD

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

What is the title of the quilt?

Colonial Sewing Bee

When was the form filled out?

11/20/2013

Who made the quilt top?

Miller, Marjorie

Who did the quilting?

Miller, Marjorie

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

Inherited

WHERE WAS THE QUILT MADE: City:

Detroit

County:

Wayne

State:

Michigan (MI)

Country:

United States

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

1930-1949

When was the quilt finished?

1935

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Female

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

Detroit

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

Wayne

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

Michigan (MI)

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

United States

What is the quilt maker's maiden name?

Bradley

What is the quilt maker's birthdate?

9/1/1900

Where was the quilt maker born (city)?

Brantford

Where was the quilt maker born (province)?

Ontario

Where was the quilt maker born (country)?

Canada

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

Urban

If applicable, when did the quilt maker die?

10/1963

What is/was the last level of education completed by the quilt maker?

Catholic Convent

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

at death - none

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker?

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

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

Bradley, _____

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

Bradley, Minnie

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

Engineer

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

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 quilt maker begin making quilts?

Age 30-39

How many quilt has the quilt maker made?

5-20 quilts

Did/does the quilt maker belong to a quilting group? If yes, name the group(s).

Detroit News Quilt Club

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

71"

How long is the quilt?

84"

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt.

Light or pastel colors

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

Excellent/like new

If the quilt has an inscription, what type(s) of inscriptions are on the quilt?

Signature; Date; Place

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

Marjorie Miller Detroit

What is the date found on the quilt?

Oct. '35

How was the inscription made?

Embroidery

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

on back

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

Block pattern

How many blocks are in the quilt?

40

What size are the blocks?

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?

Straight

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.

8 1/2" white

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 embellishments were used to make the quilt top?

Embroidery

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

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

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

What fiber type was used to make the quilt binding?

Cotton

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

Separate binding applied; Bias grain; Front turned to back

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.

12

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

13

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

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

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

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 did the owner acquire this quilt?

Inheritance

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Who is the 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: 10/28/21

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