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Alice Lane Quilt; Album (McKim, the only published version with a name embroidered); Courthouse Square (Hall & Kretsinger, 1935); Arbor Window (Grandmother Clark, 1931); The Cross Patch (Rural New Yorker 6/7/1930); and Odd Fellow's Quilt (Orange Judd Farmer)

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QUILT INDEX RECORD

2-33-13

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Signature Quilt Pilot Project

CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTION'S COLLECTION OR PROJECT NAME: Enter the name of the collection or project from your contributing institution. For example, "Michigan Quilt Project" or "MSU Museum Permanent Collection".

Signature Quilt Project Public Submission

CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS: Enter the main control number for this item you are entering. For a museum, this will probably be your acquisition number. It may be the number given to the quilt by the state or county project.

MQP 09.0074

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Finished quilt

QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Enter the name given to the quilt by the maker. Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts. If the quilt has no title, leave this field blank.

Alice Lane Quilt

ALTERNATE NAME(S) FOR THE QUILT'S PATTERN IN COMMON USE: This is the name of the quilt pattern that it is commonly used among quilt makers and historians. It may be different in different regions of the country.

Album (McKim, the only published version with a name embroidered); Courthouse Square (Hall & Kretsinger, 1935); Arbor Window (Grandmother Clark, 1931); The Cross Patch (Rural New Yorker 6/7/1930); and Odd Fellow's Quilt (Orange Judd Farmer)

BRACKMAN NUMBER: If you have used Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns or Applique to identify the pattern, enter the number assigned by Brackman here.

2414

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)

72 1/4"

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).

83"

PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Blue or Navy; Cream; Green; Pink; Purple; Red; White; Yellow

QUILT-SPECIFIC COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: These are color names that describe how the fabric was made, (usually a dye process) or where the fabric was manufactured. Enter all the colors that are found in the quilt.

Nile Green

TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Initials; Multiple Names

CONTENT OF INSCRIPTION: Enter the exact inscription here, including dates in the same form in which they appear on the quilt. Do not correct any spellings. If you are unsure of a letter or name, place a (?) to indicate uncertainty.

There is one signature for each block. All blocks are stitched in either a running stitch or a stem stitch. The color of the thread is denoted in parentheses. Row 1: Constance Murphy (yellow); Velma Leinbach July 10, 1935 (orange); Hazel Jones April 24-1935 (blue); Nellie Lane Brown (green); Maggie Scroggins. 5-3-35. (blue) Row 2: Mae Lane Dawson Springs, Ky. (blue); Mae Lawson 3-35. (orange); Lessie M Milligan, Harrisburg, Ill (purple); Nancy Louise Rybolt August 9, 1935 (yellow); Martha Gott. (blue). Row 3: Mabel Irene Moore. (brown); Fannie Vinyard Wauwatosa, Wis. (blue); Nancy M. Ginger. 5-5-35. (brown); Betty Lou Vinyard (red); Laura Watson, Shawneetown Ill. (blue). Row 4: Mrs. Mae M. McGrew. Sears Quilt Club. (pink); Zelda Alford June 25-35. (brown); Louisa Lane Caseyville Ky. (yellow); Betty Ann Rybolt 4.24.35. (green); Nevil Vinyard June 5-35 (gold). Row 5: Hannah Durward (blue); Vivian L. Rybolt Detroit, Michigan July 22, 1935 (red); Marie D. Schneider Toledo Ohio. (green); Flora Dickerson 3-28-35. Detroit Mich. (purple); Molly Brown. (green) Row 6: Metta C. Rybolt Lapeer Mich July 8-1935 (orange); Evelyn Wallis April 23-1935 (blue); Frankie Vinyard (green): Roland Brown. (green); Margaret Dawson July 2. 1935 Detroit, Michigan (purple).

METHOD OF INSCRIPTION: Choose the method used to inscribe the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Embroidery

TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.

1930-1949

OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1935

FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING DATE(S): If you know anything else about the date the quilt was made, please tell the story.

Dates are recorded on numerous blocks.

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Block pattern

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

FABRIC PATTERNS, STYLES, MOTIFS, OR PRINT CATEGORIES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Floral; Geometric; Print

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN QUILT TOP: PIECING TECHNIQUES: Choose the piecing method used to make the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if no piecing appears on the quilt.

Hand Piecing

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Detroit, Michigan

COUNTY: Enter the name of the county where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Wayne

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

United States

ANY ADDITIONAL STORIES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S OWNERSHIP OR HISTORY: Describe anything about the history of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

The quilt was owned by Alice Lane and when she passed away, it was inherited by Vivian Rybolt, the younger of her two daughters. Vivian passed the quilt on to the eldest of her two daughters, Betty Ann MacDowell (nee Rybolt). Betty gave the quilt to her eldest daughter, Marsha MacDowell, on the occasion of Marsha's 50th birthday.

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Anniversary; Autograph or friendship; Gift or presentation

ANY ADDITIONAL NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILT'S DESIGN OR MATERIALS SOURCE: Describe anything about the design of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

While preparing to gather information on this quilt to enter it into the Quilt Index, Marsha MacDowell asked her mother Betty if she knew why Alice Lane's name was not on the quilt. Betty recalled that 1935 would have been Alice's 50th birthday and, thus, this would probably have been a gift to her from her friends and family. Betty was only nine when she signed it. Beth Donaldson assisted by making a template. Betty MacDowell supplied the following info in summer 2009, noting that the individuals identified simply as "friend" may also have been members of the Quilt Club. RELATIONSHIP OF SIGNED INDIVIDUALS TO ALICE GINGER LANE Row 1: QUILT CLUB FRIEND Constance Murphy (yellow); DAUGHTER Velma Leinbach July 10, 1935 (orange); FRIEND Hazel Jones April 24-1935 (blue); SISTER-IN-LAW Nellie Lane Brown (green); SISTER Maggie Scroggins. 5-3-35. (blue) Row 2: SISTER-IN-LAW Mae Lane Dawson Springs, Ky. (blue); QUILT CLUB FRIEND Mae Lawson 3-35. (orange); NIECE (DAUGHTER OF FRANKIE VINYARD) Lessie M Milligan, Harrisburg, Ill (purple); GRANDDAUGHTER (DAUGHTER OF VIVIAN RYBOLT) Nancy Louise Rybolt August 9, 1935 (yellow); FRIEND Martha Gott. (blue). Row 3: FRIEND Mabel Irene Moore. (brown); SISTER Fannie Vinyard Wauwatosa, Wis. (blue); MOTHER Nancy M. Ginger. 5-5-35. (brown); NIECE (DAUGHTER OF FRANKIE VINYARD)Betty Lou Vinyard (red); SISTER Laura Watson, Shawneetown Ill. (blue). Row 4: QUILT CLUB FRIEND Mrs. Mae M. McGrew. Sears Quilt Club. (pink); FRIEND Zelda Alford June 25-35. (brown); MOTHER IN LAW Louisa Lane Caseyville Ky. (yellow); GRANDDAUGHTER (DAUGHTER OF VIVIAN RYBOLT) Betty Ann Rybolt 4.24.35. (green); SISTER Nevil Vinyard June 5-35 (gold). Row 5: FRIEND Hannah Durward (blue); DAUGHTER Vivian L. Rybolt Detroit, Michigan July 22, 1935 (red); FRIEND Marie D. Schneider Toledo Ohio. (green); QUILT CLUB FRIEND Flora Dickerson 3-28-35. Detroit Mich. (purple); WIFE OF NEPHEW ROLAND BROWN Molly Brown. (green) Row 6: FRIEND AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF DAUGHTER VIVIAN RYBOLT Metta C. Rybolt Lapeer Mich July 8-1935 (orange); FRIEND Evelyn Wallis April 23-1935 (blue); SISTER Frankie Vinyard (green); NEPHEW (SON OF NELLIE LANE BROWN) Roland Brown. (green); QUILT CLUB FRIEND Margaret Dawson July 2. 1935 Detroit, Michigan (purple).

NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.

Marsha MacDowell

QUILT OWNER CITY

East Lansing

QUILT OWNER COUNTRY: Country of current quilt owner

United States

OTHER RELATED ITEMS SUCH AS IMAGE, ORAL HISTORY, OR EPHEMERA: Use this box to list other materials that exist about this quilt. This may include oral history, articles, additional photos or publications, etc.

Photos of the original quilt recipient are available as well as the occasion when Marsha was given the quilt. Edith Crumb's quilt column in the Detroit News mentioned Alice Lane's quilt club on a couple of occasions. Marsha also has Alice Lane's quilt scrapbook; among other things, it contains greeting cards sent to Alice by her quilt friends.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSAY: Paragraph length description of the object.

This quilt contains the names of friends and family members associated with Alice Lane (nee Ginger, including members of Alice Lane's "Happy Day Quilt Club" (also sometimes called "Rain or Shine Quilt Club." It was inherited first by her daughter Vivian Rybolt (nee Lane), then her granddaughter, Betty MacDowell (nee Rybolt) both of whose names are on the quilt. Betty gave the quilt to her daughter, Marsha MacDowell, on the occasion of Marsha's 50th birthday.

ESSAY: Essay about this quilt or image object.

Over the course of Marsha MacDowell's life, she has been fortunate to have had many quilts given to her by family members and friends. Her maternal great-grandmothers Alice Lane and Metta Rybolt both made quilts for her when she was born and Marsha grew up sleeping under quilts. When Marsha was a young girl, her mother Betty passed on to her the doll quilts that her grandmothers had given her when she was a child. Betty and her mother Vivian Rybolt also gave Marsha family quilts on the occasion of Marsha leaving for college, her wedding, significant birthdays, and upon receipt of college degrees. Marsha treasures each and every one of these and is delighted to be able to enter this information into the Quilt Index.

PHOTO CREDIT: Credit for photographer.

Pearl Yee Wong

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.

Open/Public Domain

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Cite this Quilt

Alice Lane Quilt. 1930-1949. From Signature Quilt Pilot Project, Signature Quilt Project Public Submission. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=2-33-13. Accessed: 05/28/22

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