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Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Collection of Michigan State University Museum acc.#1998:53.70
Essay about this quilt.
Mary frequently added her own touch to the historical patterns she used by designing a border and original quilting design to further the quilt's overall impact. One of Mary's trademark original border designs, an appliquéd curving vine border with leaves and grapes, can be found in this "October Foliage" quilt. Mary usually had a very specific reason for choosing each element of her quilts. Here, the rust-colored appliquéd design of the blocks suggests fall leaves whirling in the wind. -- Mary Worrall
The quilt was included in the exhibit American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum, which toured in Japan from January-December 2003 and is featured in the exhibit’s catalogue, American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum. -– Beth Donaldson
Who documented this quilt?
Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection
Where are the records for this quilt housed?
Michigan State University Museum
Michigan Quilt Project Number:
If this quilt is owned by a museum, enter the accession number:
Owner's name for the quilt:
Quilt top made by:
If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?
Purchased the quilt
Where the quilt was made, city:
Where the quilt was made, county:
Where the quilt was made, state:
Why was the quilt made?
Teaching or learning sample
Quilt is presently used as:
Quiltmaker's maiden name:
In which kind of environment did the quiltmaker live?
Quiltmaker's ethnic background/tribal affiliation:
Quiltmaker's educational background:
Her father made her quilt school at age 15 to work in his creamery.
Bottle washer, book keeper, telephone operator, home maker.
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Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouse(s) occupation:
Welder at Buick Motors
Number of children:
How many of the quilt maker's children were boys?
How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?
When did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?
Why does/did the quilt maker make quilts?
Estimated number of quilts made by this quiltmaker:
more than 50
Does/did the quiltmaker sell quilts:
Does/did the quiltmaker teach quilting?
This is a:
How wide is the quilt?
How long is the quilt?
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What color(s) is the quilt?
Beige or Tan; Rust
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How was the inscription made?
Where is the inscription found on the quilt?
Describe the quilt's layout:
Number of quilt blocks:
12 appliqued blocks, 6 alternate plain blocks
Arrangement of quilt blocks:
On point or rotated on 45 degrees
Spacing of quilt blocks:
Alternating with plain squares
Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:
Number of borders:
The border is appliqued with a vine with leaves and grapes.
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Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?
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Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:
Describe the back:
Same fabric used throughout
Materials used in the quilt binding:
Fabric structure of the binding?
How is the binding made?
What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?
less than a half inch
What kind of filling is used in the quilt?
How thick is the quilt?
Thin (Less than 3/16?)
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Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:
Mary frequently added her own touch to the historical patterns she used by designing a border and original quilting design to further the quilt?s overall impact. One of Mary?s trademark original border designs, an appliquéd curving vine border with leaves and grapes, can be found in this ?October Foliage? quilt. Mary usually had a very specific reason for choosing each element of her quilts. Here, the rust-colored appliquéd design of the blocks suggests fall leaves whirling in the wind.
Where did the maker get their materials?
Where did the maker find their pattern?
Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:
Image of the quiltmaker, interviews, ephemera
Publications (including web sites) where this quilt or maker was featured:
See "Mary Schafer and Her Quilts" by Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham.
Person filling out this form is:
Ownership of this quilt is:
Public- Michigan State University Museum
Quilt owner's name:
Michigan State University Museum
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How was this quilt acquired?
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Where did the quilt maker find the pattern for the quilting design on this quilt?
Original to maker
Describe any favorite patterns, tools, etc. used by the quilt maker:
Mary loves hand work and traditional patterns.
Who photographed this quilt?
MSU Board of Trustees
Cite this Quilt
Schafer, Mar. October Foliage. 1950-1975. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-7276. Accessed: 07/04/22
Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collec...
Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection
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The Michigan Quilt Project was started to help uncover information on Michigan quilting and its role in Michigan history. Data from quiltmakers and collector's help to achieve the goal of finding Michigan initiated quilts.
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Quilt Treasures: Collectors and Historians
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Flushing; Michigan; United States
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