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Where are the records for this quilt housed?
West Virginia Department of Archives and History
Who documented this quilt?
West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search
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.
DATE OF DATA COLLECTION: Enter the date the state or county documentation form was filled out (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
October 17, 1992
IF SOURCE PERSON IS QUILT OWNER: If the source is the owner, choose how they came to own the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
M COFFEY, Key by: JR
LOCATION OF DATA COLLECTION
ALTERNATE NAME(S) FOR 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.
FLYING GEESE VARIATION
BRACKMAN NUMBER: If you have used Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Patterns or Applique to identify the pattern, enter the number.
3606, p. 121
OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)
OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).
SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.
PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.
Bright or primary colors; Multicolor
OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.
TYPE(S) OF INSCRIPTION: Choose all the options that are found on the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Multiple Names; Signature
CONTENT(S) 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.
Hanna Cunningham / Cibil Benol / I am your friend Leah Babb / Fairmount, Ohio/ Remember me Caroline M. Babb / Fairmount Ohio / Forget me never Mary A. Babb / Fairmount, Ohio / Time should not change me Mary C. Taylor / Moorefield Hardy County / July the 24th, 1848 Eliza C. Largeant / Miamisburg, Ohio / Think of me my cousin Ann R______Maste / Forget me not Mary L Schultz / May 1847 / Think of me Mary Cunningham Ann Miller / January the 2nd 184_ / I will not forget thee
DATE OF INSCRIPTION: Enter the date found on the quilt. If there is more than one date, enter others in field 20 (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965)
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.
FAMILY/OWNER'S DATE FOR QUILT: If there are family stories that indicate a date when the quilt was made, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
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).
LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.
NUMBER OF QUILT BLOCKS: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Some blocks are harder to count than others (e.g. Storms at Sea, Double Wedding Ring). If needed, describe how the blocks were counted or if there are half blocks/corner blocks
SIZE OF QUILT BLOCKS (L X W): Applies only to block pattern quilts; block patterns are by far the most common layout formats. Block patterns don't have to be square (Double Wedding Ring and Grandmother's Flower Garden are common non-square blocks).
9 X 9
ARRANGEMENT OF QUILT BLOCKS: BLOCK ORIENTATION: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks appear in the quilt.
On point or rotated 45 degrees
SPACING RELATIVE TO OTHER BLOCKS: This field only applies to quilts with a block format. Choose the best description for how the quilt blocks are set together. Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another.
Alternating with plain squares
SASHING WIDTH: Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another. Enter the width of the sashing in inches, if applicable.
NUMBER OF BORDERS: Borders are the strips of fabric that are added after the blocks (and sashings) are put together. They appear on the outside edges of the quilt. Quilts often have multiple borders. Enter the number of borders on the quilt.
BORDER DESCRIPTION: Describe the style of the borders (i.e. pieced, appliquÃ©d, stenciled) and the width of each border, from the inside to the outside.
Same fabric for all
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.
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.
Plaid; Striped; Checked; Floral; Geometric
OTHER FIBER, FABRIC, OR FABRIC PRINT TYPES USED: Describe any fibers used in the quilt top that do not appear in Field 37, including any unique characteristics of fiber, fabric, or fabric prints used. There is a separate Field (38g) for embellishments.
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.
CONTAINS PAPER REMAINS: This field is for quilts that have been either string pieced on a paper foundation or English template pieced. Choose yes if you can feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid.
OTHER FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT BACK: If you chose Other, please describe the fiber used in the quilt back.
COLOR OF BACKING: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt backing. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
DESCRIPTION OF BACK: Choose the best description for the back of the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES USED IN BINDING: Choose the construction technique used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Back turned to front; Hand sewn
MATERIAL USED FOR QUILT BATTING OR FILLING: Choose the fiber content that best describes the material used to fill the quilt.
QUILTING TECHNIQUES USED: Choose the technique that best describes the way the quilt layers are held together. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
THREAD TYPE: Describe the fiber content or type of quilting thread used on the quilt.
Single thread, Cotton thread
THREAD COLOR: Enter the color(s) of thread used to hold the quilt layers together.
NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 1): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in one place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.
NUMBER OF QUILTING STITCHES PER INCH (PLACE 2): Count only the stitches that are visible on the top and measure in a different place on the quilt. Enter the measurement.
WIDTH BETWEEN QUILTING LINES (IN INCHES): Try to determine the average distance between quilt motifs to determine how densely the quilt is quilted. Enter your estimate.
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: MOTIFS/OVERALL PATTERNS: Choose the overall quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Single parallel lines
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: DECORATIVE PATTERNS: Choose the decorative quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
QUILTING DESIGNS USED: BACKGROUND FILL PATTERNS: Choose the background quilt design found on the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
ANY OTHER FEATURES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S APPEARANCE, MATERIALS, OR CONSTRUCTION: Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.
QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.
JOHNSON, REBECCA CATHERINE
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.
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.
STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.
West Virginia (WV)
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.
OCCASION, DATE, PERSON INHERITED FROM, ETC: If the quilt was inherited, enter any information you know about the inheritance. Skip the question if the quilt was not passed down in the family.
SOURCE OF QUILT'S MATERIALS: Choose how the quilt maker acquired the fabric for this quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
Purchased new; Sewing scraps
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.
Mary A. Delay Ann R. Stingoy / Patterson Creek Jane B. Simmons / rural retreat / Forget me not Rachael Jane Masters / Think of me Sallie H. Snodgrass / Hardy County / Virginia / July 8th 1848 Jane Babb / ____ _____ Mary A. Simmons / rural retreat / Think of me Rebecca A. Miles / ___Locust ____Grove / Remember me Elizabeth Williams / Patterson Creek George W. Turley / Liberty Hall Sarah J. Bowers / Moorefield / Hardy County Clementine Miles / Pattersons ____ Mary ___Tia______/ ________/ Forget me not Hannah V. Turkey / Liberty Hall Susan \e. Montgomery / Think of me ____/ Far a___ay / 1847 Miranda Faye / ________ville / Sept 18th / Withrow / Remember me Route 1 Box 48 Lindside WV 24951-9606 October 3, 1994 Dear Marj, Here is a copy of the documentation for WVHQS 20296, the mid-19th century signature quilt, made in Mineral County, West Virginia. I hope you can either research this quilt yourself or find someone interested in history who can undertake the research. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Copy of page 95 from New Jersey Quilts, 1777-1950 which shows a signature quilt resembling this quilt. "WILD GOOSE VARIATION, pieced 1843-1847, quilted 1876. 92" x 92". Made in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, New Jersey. This lovely example of a single design signature quilt is signed with many stamps and signatures of both men and women. A pen and ink sketch in the center has the following inscription "For Miss Sarah M. Thomas 1843 ___on her birthday. Designed by F. T. Dunlops 1876." This inscription with the two different dates and the machine stitching on the quilt's edge suggest it was quilted in 1876, having been pieced much earlier. The well preserved colors,are remarkable indicating how bright the colors of the period really were. The owner of the quilt, Beryl Skinner, is the great-granddaughter of the initial recipient and can trace many family names among the quilt's signatures."
QUILTMAKER'S MAIDEN NAME: Enter the maiden name of the quilt maker.
BIRTH DATE: Enter the birth date of the quilt maker (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
DEATH DATE, IF APPLICABLE: Enter the date of death of the quilt maker (if applicable, as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Enter the last level of education completed by the quilt maker.
IN WHICH KIND OF ENVIRONMENT DID THE QUILTMAKER GROW UP: Choose the kind of environment the quilt maker(s) are from. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.
NUMBER OF CHILDREN: Enter the number of children of the quilt maker.
NUMBER OF FEMALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of daughters of the quilt maker.
NUMBER OF MALE CHILDREN: Enter the number of sons of the quilt maker.
OTHER, WHY THE QUILTMAKER QUILTS: If you chose Other, explain the why the quilt maker quilts.
Quiltmaker learned to quilt from: MOTHER
ANY OTHER NOTES OR STORIES ABOUT THE QUILTMAKER: Enter any information about the quilt maker not already entered in a previous field.
Quiltmaker's burialplace: GREENWELL CEM REESES MILL
ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.
FOR HOLDER OF COPYRIGHT, CONTACT: Enter the name of the person or institution that owns the copyright to the image.
West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search
Cite this Quilt
JOHNSON, REBECCA CATHERIN. FLYING GEESE VARIATION. 1850-1875. From West Virginia Department of Archives and History, West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=26-22-1669. Accessed: 08/12/22