Album Patch





Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Signature Quilt Pilot Project

Who documented this quilt?

Signature Quilt Project Public Submission

Signature Quilt Pilot Project Number:

Documented by the Kansas Quilt Project, KQP # Ijj244

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt's title:

Album Patch

Brackman # or other source & #:

# 2880

How wide is the quilt?

77 inches

How long is the quilt?

83-1/2 inches

What color is the quilt?

Beige or Tan; Blue or Navy; Brown; Cream; Gold; Green; Pink

Antique colors:

Madder Brown; Prussian Blue or Lafayette Blue

Type of inscription:

Date; Message; Multiple Names; Place; Signature

What is inscribed on the quilt?

Lucy W. Clough Boscawen ____ W. Strio Concord June 16 __ Trust in ___ and in _____. Mary L. Guntz In remembrance of Mary, Adeline, Julia Ann Howard Remember Abbie Bartley When_______ (4 more lines) Will you ___ ____ Your friend . Margaret G. ___ Concord 1845 ___ ____ ____ ____ Concord N.H. Trust in the Lord forever Most affectionately yours Matilda Abbot Concord June 4, 1845 Mizpah Gen. 31:99 Mrs. S. Evans Concord N.H. Affections Mements (sp.) C. R. Robinson Concord, May 13, 1845 Martha A. Winkley Concord N.H. Fancy W. Brown Concord N.H. Please accept this as a token of remembrance from your friend S. I. Robinson May 23, 1845 I have not forgotten thee, Mary, and hope thee will remember me. Louisa Chaffin 1845 Oh the Savior – the Spirit we the _____ ____ ____ _____ _____ blessed tranquility Mary Carley Martha Winkley Concord N. H. Fanny W. Brown Concord N.H. “The son of man has not where to lay his head.” Clara D. Parks O. P. Concord N. H. We shall surely meet again Dear Sister. May your slumber be peaceful. Your working hours cheerful and happy Rebekah S. Claffin Concord N H. From your little cousins Mary Amanda Webster Lucille Webster Concord N.H. June 11, 1845 Remember the orphan Eliz. Anne Green Concord N.H. Friendship’s offering Mary Parker With the esteem of Your Friend May B. Webster Concord N.H. June 11, 1845 Be diligent, that you may be found of Jesus at his coming without spot and blemishes. Harriet Harris Pearl St. Concord, N.H. Mrs. Stephen Brown Concord NH Mary Luisa Chaffin Concord N.H. When shall we dear M meet again Meet never to serve When shall sweet friendship weave her charms Round us forever. Your attached friend Mary T. Wilkins Break every yoke the gospel and let the oppressed go free Let every captive take the joy (?) of peace and liberty. Sarah W. Pillsbury The Token of Friendship from Sarah L. Parker Forget not --- from ______ ______ 1845 As often as you look this bedquilt over and over beloved names you sigh And others may delight you more May mine not ____ unheeded be. Maria Millard Boston Oct. 1844 ______That the choicest of Heaven ______ ___ may ever be yours ____ _____ _____ Your friend Nancy T. How do the memories __ _____ Some like ___ ___ When far away the ____ heart When home tokens (?) dwell H. J. Bateman Mrs. Betty H._____ _____ April 1945 Hope never dies Elizabeth Hill Concord, N.H.

What is the date inscribed on the quilt?

Oct. 1844; 1845; April 1845; May 13, 1845; May 23, 1845; May 27, 1845; June 1, 1845; June 4, 1845; June 10, 1845; June 16, 1845

Method used to make the inscription:


Location of inscription:

on block

Time period:


Date estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser:


Further information concerning dates:

Quilt's date determined by inscriptions.

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:


Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Checked; Geometric; Multiple scrap; Plaid; Print; Striped

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Where the quilt was made, city:


Where the quilt was made, county:


Where the quilt was made, province:

In addition to Concord, New Hampshire, two other locations are named in inscriptions: Boston and Boscawen (a small town in New Hampshire close to Concord).

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

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

Mary Pollard was born in 1808 in Massachusetts. She lived much of her early life in Concord, New Hampshire After she married Calvin W. Tolford in 1831, the family moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, close enough to Concord to return for frequent visits. In 1845 the Tolford family, including daughters Mary, Adeline, and Julia, moved again, this time to Marietta, Ohio. On this occasion, friends and relatives in Concord made a quilt for Mary to take to her new home, inscribed with comforting sentiments and Bible verses. The quilt has belonged to four generations: Mary Polllard Tolford gave the quilt to her daughter, Mary, when she left home to teach school in Kentucky and Illinois and to establish a new home when she married Abner Page. Mary Tolford Page passed the quilt on to her daughter, Florence Jeannette Page Weeks, who gave it to her daughter, Betty Weeks Clements. In 1986, Betty Clements, great-granddaughter of Mary Pollard Tolford, copied the quilt’s inscriptions She wrote: “Here is a list of the writing (that I can read) row by row. Many of the blocks do have writing but they cannot be read. The quilt is in remarkable good condition considering its age and all the moves, what it has been subject to and etc. My mother’s house in Udall Kansas was destroyed by a tornado in May 1955: the quilt was in a chest & was soaked by rain.”

Why was the quilt made?

Autograph or friendship; Gift or presentation

Describe the source of the pattern:


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

The inscription that reads: Mizpah Gen. 31:99 Mrs. S. Evans apparently refers to the following phrase: "And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another." --King James Bible

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

Interviews with great-granddaughter Betty L. Clements; family and research notes of Betty L. Clements. Ricky Clark included the Tolford quilt in an article she wrote , "Fragile Families: Quilts as Kinship Bonds" in The Quilt Digest 5, ed. Michael Kile, 1987.

Quilt owner's name:

Betty L.Clements, owner of the quilt and great-granddaughter of Mary Pollard Tolford. Information obtained June 2009.

Quilt owner's city:


Quilt owner's country:

United States

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

The family thinks the blocks were made by the women who signed them, then put together and quilted by one individual, identity unknown.

Description of quilt:

The quilt is made up of forty-four full blocks, nineteen half blocks along the sides, and two quarter blocks in two of the corners. The blocks are set on point, and separated by a 7/8-inch wide muslin sashing.

Who photographed this quilt?

David Hornback

Access and copyright information:


Copyright holder:

Betty L. Clements


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Cite this Quilt

Album Patch. 1800-1849. From Signature Quilt Pilot Project, Signature Quilt Project Public Submission. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 04/20/24