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Lone Star with floral applique, Indian Quilt

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Ogahmahgegedo, Margare. Lone Star with floral applique. ca 1912. 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=12-8-9147. Accessed: 02/26/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

12-8-9147

Object label

Star of Bethlehem
Margaret Ogahmahgegedo
Odawa, Agosatown, Leelanau County, Michigan
1912
Collection of Michigan State University Museum acc.#6814.1

Essay about this quilt.

According to James M. McClurken, co-author with James A. Clifton and George L. Cornell, of People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibway of Michigan, the star and floral motifs exhibited in this quilt are typical of components of Ottawa designs. Each square and triangle formed against the white background by the center star is filled with floral designs that embellish the central design and mimic designs depicted in earlier porcupine quill work and beaded pieces of the same region. It is probable that Native Americans began quilting after the Grand Traverse Mission period; the first person who was recorded to have had furniture in his home, and thus have a need for domestic furnishings such as quilts, was Agosa, who lived on Old Mission penninsula during the mid 1840s.

The donor, Florence Lackie Hanes, writes that her father, Walter Lackie, acquired it "as a trade for some farm goods. Always treasured by the family, and never used [it is] just called the Indian Quilt." The quiltmaker was known to the family as Mrs. Ogahmahgegedo, but further research has revealed that she may also have been known as Catherine or Jenny Steele. She lived in a settlement known as Ahgosatown, located between Omena and Northport, Michigan.

From Michigan Quilts: 150 Years of a Textile Tradition.

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

86.0489 AIQP

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

6814.1

What is the name of the quilt given by the owner?

Lone Star with floral applique

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

Indian Quilt

When was the form filled out?

10/25/1985

Who made the quilt top?

Ogahmahgegedo, Margaret

Who did the quilting?

Ogahmahgegedo, Margaret

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

Received as a gift

Where was the quilt made (city)?

Agosa Town

Where was the quilt made (county)?

Leelanau

Where was the quilt made (state)?

Michigan (MI)

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

1901-1929

When was the quilt started?

1912

When was the quilt finished?

ca 1912

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s).

Female

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

Omena

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

Leelanau

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

Michigan (MI)

What is/was the ethnic or tribal background of the quilt maker?

Native American; Ottawa (Odawa)

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

66

How long is the quilt?

75

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

What is the shape of the corners?

Straight

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

Excellent/like new

Is this quilt damaged? If yes, how?

Stains

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

Medallion or framed center

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?

Straight

Describe the style of the borders.

2.5

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 fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

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

Back turned to front

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.

4

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

5

Describe any background/fill patterns used in the quilt design.

Parallel lines

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

Outline/Ditch

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

Michigan Quilts: A Celebration of 150 Years of Textile Tradition, East Lansing, MI, September 13, 1987-January 30, 1988, Michigan State University Museum; Quilts from the Michigan State University Museum Collection, traveling exhibit: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, October, 1992 - January, 1993: Southwestern Michigan College Museum, Dowagiac, MI, June - September, 1995; Midland County Historical Society, Midland, MI, December 1, 1997 - January 25, 1998. Michigan Quilts exhibit, Chicago Hilton and Towers, International Quilt Market and Festival, May 9-14, 1989. Great Lakes Native Quilting, exhibit, September 19, 1999-February 27, 2000, MSUM Sloan Museum, Flint, Michigan, September 14 - November 14, 2001.

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

Ingham County Sesquicentennial News, vol 1, no. 3, September 1987. Michigan Quilts (1987) book, figure 119, page 83.

Who documented this quilt?

Quilt owner

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public- Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's name:

Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's city:

East Lansing

Quilt owner's county:

Ingham

Quilt owner's state.

Michigan (MI)

How did the owner acquire this quilt?

Gift

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained.

11-18-1988, Florence L. Hanes, donor

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

Caption from the Michigan Quilts book; These two quilts of the Star of Bethlehem or Lone Star pattern are known to have been made by two Native American women from Leelanau County, Michigan. According to James M. McClurken, co-author with James A. Clifton and George L. Cornell, of People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibway of Michigan, the star and floral motifs exhibited in these two quilts are typical of components of Ottawa designs. Each square and triangle formed against the white background by the center star is filled with floral designs that embellish the central design and mimic designs depicted in earlier porcupine quill work and beaded pieces of the same region. It is probable that Native Americans began quilting after the Grand Traverse Mission period; the first person who was recorded to have had furniture in his home, and thus have a need for domestic furnishings such as quilts, was Agosa, who lived on Old Mission penninsula during the mid 1840s. Little is known about the maker of quilt no. 118. She sold it to Mrs. Richard Lay, who in turn passed it on to its current owners, Elizabeth and Vernon Keye. The owner of quilt no. 119, Florence Lackie Hanes, writes that her father, Walter Lackie, acquired it "as a trade for some farm goods. Always treasured by the family, and never used [it is] just called the Indian Quilt." The quiltmaker was known to the family as Mrs. Ogahmahgegedo, but further research has revealed that she may also have been known as Catherine or Jenny Steele. She lived in a settlement known as Ahgosatown, located between Omena and Northport, Michigan.

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

What parts of the quilt making process did the quilt maker do?

Made entire quilt

Who photographed this quilt?

Doug Elbinger

Who is the copyright holder?

Michigan State University Museum

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