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12-8-7692

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project

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

Why was the quilt made?

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

In which kind of environment did the quiltmaker live?

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

1874

Number of children:

1

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

1

How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

When did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

Why does/did the quilt maker make quilts?

This is a:

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

107"

How long is the quilt?

110"

Shape of edge:

Straight

Describe the corners of the quilt:

Straight

Antique colors:

Overall color scheme:

Quilt's condition:

Excellent/like new

Repairs:

Type of inscription:

How was the inscription made?

Where is the inscription found on the quilt?

Spacing of quilt blocks:

What is the shape of the quilt block?

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

Cotton

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

Chintz

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Applique

Novelty technique used to make the quilt top:

Embellishment techniques used to make the quilt top:

Embellishment used:

Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:

3

Describe the back:

Materials used in the quilt binding:

Fabric structure of the binding?

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

Quilting techniques used:

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

Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:

Quilting designs used, background fills:

Where did the maker get their materials?

Where did the maker find their pattern?

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

If the source helped design the quilt, describe their input.

Where did the quilt maker find the pattern for the quilting design on this 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. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-7692. Accessed: 05/29/22

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