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QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-7692

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project; Detroit Historical Museum Collection

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum

Michigan Quilt Project Number:

85.2053

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

59.78.2

Owner's name for the quilt:

Tree of Life

When was the form filled out?

10/30/1985

Quilt top made by:

Mumford, Mary

Quilted by:

Mumford, Mary

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

Received as a gift

Where the quilt was made, city:

Newport

Where the quilt was made, county:

Newport

Where the quilt was made, state:

Rhode Island (RI)

Time period:

1800-1849

When was the quilt finished?

1800-1830

Quilt is presently used as:

Museum collection

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's city:

Newport

Quiltmaker's state:

Rhode Island (RI)

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Eldred

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

1874

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and /or partner's/partners' name(s):

Mumford, Benjamin

Number of children:

1

How many of the quiltmaker's children were girls?

1

This is a:

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

107"

How long is the quilt?

110"

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

Quilt's condition:

Excellent/like new

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric types used to make the quilt top:

Chintz

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Applique

Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:

3

How is the binding made?

Back turned to front

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?

No filling

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

13

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:

12

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Grid/crosshatch

Exhibitions where this quilt was displayed:

World of Quilts, Rochester, MI, 9/8-25/1983, Meadowbrook Hall; Quilts An American Romance, Somerset Mall, Troy, MI, 5/12-17/1980.

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

Tri-State Trader, May 10, 1980. Antiques and Art Weekly, May 2, 1980, pp. 1, 68-69. The Warner Collector's Guide to American Quilts by Phyllis Haders. Pittstown, NJ: The Main Street Press, 1984. Color plate, full; p.174, detail; p.174. Calendar, Quilts/82 by Phyllis Haders. Pittstown, NJ: Main Street Press, 1982. September features full-size color photograph. Catalogue, World of Quilts at Meadow Brook Hall, no author. Published privately, 1983. P.26 - black & white full-size photo.

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public-Other

Quilt owner's name:

Detroit Historical Museum

Quilt owner's city:

Detroit

Quilt owner's county:

Wayne

Quilt owner's state:

Michigan (MI)

How was this quilt acquired?

Gift

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:

Ethel Churchill (Mrs. Harwood M.) Bacon, donor, who inherited it from Sarah Potter (Mumford) daughter of quilter who passed it to her daughter-in-law Ethel Bacon

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

How did the quiltmaker participate in the creation of the quilt?

Made entire quilt

Copyright holder:

Michigan State University Museum

Cite this Quilt

Mumford, Mar. Tree of Life. 1800-1830. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project; Detroit Historical Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-7692. Accessed: 06/16/24