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Double Irish Chain with Bird

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21-17-703

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:

CD161

Alternate inventory control number:

CD161

Person filling out this form is:

Relative of quiltmaker

Source of the information on this quilt:

Granddaughter

When was the form filled out?

03-01-1986; YMCA, Durham, 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

Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Double Irish Chain with Bird

Brackman # or other source & #:

1014

How wide is the quilt?

78"

How long is the quilt?

78"

What color is the quilt?

Brown; Maroon; Red; White; Yellow

Quilt's condition:

Fair/worn

Damage:

Fading

Notes on condition, damage, or repairs:

Fragile

Time period:

1850-1875

Family/owner's date for quilt:

Circa 18870s

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

Circa 1870

Who estimated the quilt's date?

North Carolina Quilt Project

Describe the quilt's layout:

One patch or allover

Number of quilt blocks:

49

Size of quilt blocks:

10" x 10"

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Side by side

What is the shape of the quilt blocks?

Squares

Sashing width:

None

Number of borders:

2

Describe the borders:

Double pieced border; 2.25" tan, 2.25" red

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Print; Solid/plain; Striped

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Other Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Other applique

Materials used to make the back:

Other

What color is the back of the quilt?

Brown

Width of pieces on the back:

23"

Describe the back:

Hand sewn; 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)?

1/8"

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:

Black, white

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

9

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:

Uneven

Can you see any knots on the front or back of the quilt?

yes

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Grid/crosshatch

Describe the quilting designs used:

Follows top design; Outlines applique; Border: diagonal parallel lines

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

Visible knots on front; Conservation report on this quilt is in the NCQP archives; Owner has one more quilt at home

Quilt top made by:

Bailey, Elizabeth

Quilted by:

Bailey, Elizabeth

Where the quilt was made, county:

Tyrell County

Where the quilt was made, state:

North Carolina (NC)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Inheritance

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:

For David, her son

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

Owner has one more quilt at home.

Why was the quilt made?

Other

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:

Probably scraps and purchased

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's city:

Durham

Quilt owner's county:

Durham County

Quilt owner's state:

North Carolina (NC)

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Swain

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's birth date:

Unknown

Quiltmaker's birthplace, city:

Eastern

Quiltmaker's birthplace, state:

North Carolina

Quiltmaker's birthplace, country:

United States

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

Unknown

Quiltmaker's ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

English

Quiltmaker's religious affiliation:

Unknown

Quiltmaker's occupation:

Homemaker, tailor

Quiltmaker's county:

Washington County

Quiltmaker's city:

Near Roper

Quiltmaker's state:

North Carolina (NC)

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's spouse's/spouses' and /or partner's/partners' name(s):

Bailey, Benjamin

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

Farmer

Number of children:

5

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

Made other quilts, unknown; Children: Franklin, Edward, David, Richard, stillborn daughter

Who photographed this quilt?

Weinkle, Mark

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

North Carolina Museum of History

Cite this Quilt

Bailey, Elizabet. Double Irish Chain with Bird. 1850-1875. From North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=21-17-703. Accessed: 07/24/24