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QUILT INDEX RECORD

22-18-901

Who documented this quilt?

Quilts of Tennessee

The Quilts of Tennessee Documentation Number:

1102

Alternate inventory control number:

1102a

How was this quilt acquired?

Inheritance

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:

It is possible that the quilt maker worked on this quilt while recovering from a fractured hip.

Quilt's title:

Star in a Basket

Where the quilt was made, county:

Henry

Where the quilt was made, state:

Tennessee (TN)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Time period:

1876-1900

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

c. 1885

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Bets Ramsey

Quilt top made by:

Smith, Dicey Ann Bright

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

Smith, A. G.

Quiltmaker's occupation:

Housewife

Quiltmaker's religious affiliation:

Baptist

Quilted by:

Smith, Dicey Ann Bright

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

Quilts of Tennessee by Bets Ramsey and Merikay Waldvogel. Page 73

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Bright

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

How wide is the quilt?

64 inches

How long is the quilt?

85 inches

Size of quilt blocks:

10.5 x 10.5 inches

Sashing width:

4 inches

Number of borders:

1

Shape of corners:

Straight

This is a:

Finished quilt

Where did the maker get their materials?

Unknown

Where did the maker find their pattern?

Traditional pattern variation

Where did the quiltmaker find the pattern for the quilting design on the quilt?

Unknown

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?

no

Overall condition:

Good/moderate use

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Solid/plain

Overall color scheme:

Bright or primary colors

What color is the quilt?

Red; Orange; Blue or Navy; White

Antique colors:

Cheddar Orange or Antimony or Chrome Orange

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

On point or rotated on 45 degrees

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Separated by plain sashing; Separated by cornerstones or connecting blocks sashing (different fabric in intersection)

Describe the quilt setting:

Pieced block at sashing intersections

Describe the borders:

Pieced borders on four sides (3.5 inches wide) utilize same fabrics but alternate color placement on opposite sides.

Shape of edge:

Straight

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

How is the binding made?

Front turned to back

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

Block placemnt and design are not uniform, especially at the corners of the quilt. The feathered star on the basket base is unique.

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Color of thread used in the quilting:

Blue; Tan

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

6

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Double parallel lines; Patches outlined/in the ditch

Describe the quilting designs used:

double crossed lines; single crossed lines

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:

Quilt owner

How did the quiltmaker participate in the creation of the quilt?

Made entire quilt

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

Inherited

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

Quilts of Tennessee

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Cite this Quilt

Smith, Dicey Ann Brigh. Star in a Basket. 1876-1900. From Tennessee State Library and Archives, Quilts of Tennessee. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=22-18-901. Accessed: 07/24/24