Bicentennial Quilt; Embroidered sampler



Cite this Quilt

Gardner, Dorothy; Gerhart, Josi. Bicentennial Quilt. 1976. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 10/17/21



Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number


What is the title of the quilt?

Bicentennial Quilt

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

Embroidered sampler

When was the form filled out?


Who made the quilt top?

Gardner, Dorothy; Gerhart, Josie

Who did the quilting?

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

Presentation or award






Ohio (OH)

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


When was the quilt started?


When was the quilt finished?


Please explain other reasons why this quilt was made.

Made quilt for Bedford Public Library which conducted a fund raising raffle with the quilt as a prize. The purpose was to raise funds for the Bicentennial activities in the city of Bedford.

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).


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

Grand Rapids

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


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?

66 1/2"

How long is the quilt?


What is the shape of the quilt edge?


What is the shape of the corners?


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.

D. Gardner & J. Gerhard

What is the date found on the quilt?


How was the inscription made?


Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

If you chose Other, please describe where the inscription was found.


How many blocks are in the quilt?

80 rectangles

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?


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?


Describe the style of the borders.

4 1/2" sides, 4" ends. plain.

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


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?

What applique method was used to make the quilt top?

What novelty technique was used to make the quilt top?

What embellishments were used to make the quilt top?


What embellishment materials were used to make the quilt top?

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

What color is the back of the quilt?

Blue or Navy

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


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?

What is the fiber content of the quilt filling?


How are the quilt layers held together?

Machine quilting

Describe the overall quilt design.

Describe any decorative patterns used in the quilt design.

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.


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

What is the source of the quilt's pattern?

Commercial/Published source: Kit

Enter the commercial name of the top's pattern if you know it.

Albert G. Fleming, distributed by Louisville Bedding.

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Bedford Public Library, 1975 or 1976

Ownership of this quilt is:


Quilt owner's name:

Gerald Ford Museum

Quilt owner's city:

Grand Rapids

Quilt owner's county:


Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?


Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained.

The winner chose to donate it to the White House, It was not intended to be a matched set however the man who designed this also made one and sent one to Washington in 1975. Others may also have been made.

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

The embroidery took from January until June. Both women were school teachers, and worked on it several hours after school each day. Mrs. Gerhart made one for her daughter.

Access and copyright information:


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.

Where did the quilt maker find the pattern for the quilting design on this quilt?

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

Quilt designed by Albert G. Fleming distributed by Louisville Bedding. The quilt was basically a mass produced item. The embroidering was done in order to enhance the design and to use a number of basic embroidery stitches.

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum