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21-17-258

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

North Carolina Museum of History

Who documented this quilt?

North Carolina Quilt Project

North Carolina Quilt Project Number:

AC95

Alternate inventory control number:

AC095

Person filling out this form is:

Relative of quiltmaker

Source of the information on this quilt:

Granddaughter

When was the form filled out?

01-18-1986; First Presbyterian, Morehead City, NC

Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:

Quilt owner

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

Inherited

This is a:

Finished quilt

Owner's name for quilt:

Signature Quilt

Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Evening Star

How wide is the quilt?

86"

How long is the quilt?

92.5"

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

What color is the quilt?

Blue or Navy; Brown; Green; Red; White

Quilt's condition:

Very good/almost new

Damage:

Wear to edge or binding

Describe the damage:

Damaged binding on one corner

Notes on condition, damage, or repairs:

Unused; Unwashed

Type of inscription:

Date; Signature

What is inscribed on the quilt?

1864

What is the date inscribed on the quilt?

1864

Method used to make the inscription:

Ink

Describe the method used to inscribe the quilt:

Hand inked, India ink; Made to look like rubber stamp

Time period:

1850-1875

Family/owner's date for quilt:

Circa 1864-1865

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

1864-1865

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Sullivan, Kathy

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Number of quilt blocks:

72

Size of quilt blocks:

8" x 8"

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Separated by plain sashing

Describe the quilt setting:

Single brown and blue print border; Hand sewn set

Sashing width:

2"

Number of borders:

None

Describe the borders:

No border

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Print; Solid/plain

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Materials used to make the back:

Other

Description of the back:

Brown and white print

What color is the back of the quilt?

Brown; White

Width of pieces on the back:

24.75"

Describe the back:

Hand sewn; Print

Describe the binding:

Applied binding; Two-step; Red print

How is the binding made?

Hand sewn; Straight grain

What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?

less than a half inch

How wide is the binding (measure on the top only)?

1/4"

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Cotton

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Thread type used for the quilting:

Single thread

Color of thread used in the quilting:

White and brown

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

8

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:

12

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Other

Describe the quilting designs used:

Follows top design

Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:

"We called it a signature quilt but it isn't. All the writing is the same"

Quilt top made by:

McPherson, Sarah Emma

Quilted by:

McPherson, Sarah Emma

Where the quilt was made, city:

Hopewell

Where the quilt was made, county:

Hunterton County

Where the quilt was made, state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Inheritance

Why was the quilt made?

Unknown

Where did the maker get their materials?

Purchased new; Sewing scraps

Where did the maker find their pattern?

Unknown

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

Rehmel 780

Publications (including web sites) where this quilt or maker was featured:

Owner has photo of quiltmaker

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

Many names, ages, towns, etc. are on separate sheet by owner

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's city:

Morehead City

Quilt owner's county:

Carteret County

Quilt owner's state:

North Carolina (NC)

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Vandyke

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's birth date:

1851

Quiltmaker's birthplace, city:

Hopewell area

Quiltmaker's birthplace, state:

New Jersey

Quiltmaker's birthplace, country:

United States

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

1915

Quiltmaker's ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

Dutch

Quiltmaker's religious affiliation:

Baptist

Quiltmaker's occupation:

Housewife

Quiltmaker's city:

Pennington

Quiltmaker's state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's father's birthplace:

Hopewell, NJ

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and/or partner's/partners' occupation:

Wholesale fruit merchant

Number of children:

5

How many of the quiltmaker's children were girls?

3

How many of the quiltmaker's children were boys?

2

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

Made other quilts, owner has two; Children: John V., Mary Esther, Andrew H., Florence, Alice (died as baby)

Who photographed this quilt?

Manley, Roger

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

North Carolina Museum of History

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Cite this Quilt

McPherson, Sarah Emm. Signature Quilt. 1850-1875. From North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=21-17-258. Accessed: 10/03/23