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38-36-2856

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Arizona Quilt Documentation Project

Who documented this quilt?

Arizona Quilt Documentation Project; Arizona Quilt Project 1987-1989

Arizona Quilt Documentation Project Number:

TM056

When was the documentation day held? Or when was the form collected?

4/11/1987

Where was the documentation day held?

Tucson Mall

1. Type of quilt object

Finished quilt

3. Quilt Width:

71"

3. Quilt Length:

74"

4. Shape of edge:

Straight

7. Predominant Color(s):

Green; Red

9. Overall condition:

Good/moderate use

Other damage to quilt:

Fugitive green. Moderate wear

14. Date of Quilt:

1876-1900

Date quilt completed:

Pre-1900

15. Source of Fabric:

Sewing scraps

17. Layout format:

Block pattern

18.1.1. Block pattern:

Cockscomb variation

18.2. Number of quilt blocks:

4

Size of quilt blocks:

32x32

18.5. Arrangement of quilt blocks: block orientation:

Straight

18.6 Spacing relative to other blocks:

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

20. Sashing width:

2". The corners measure 2x2

22. Borders:

1

22.2. Border descriptions:

2", border is on only two sides. Plain strips.

23. Fiber used in quilt tops:

Cotton

24. Fabric patterns, styles, motifs, or print categories used in quilt top:

Geometric; Solid/plain

Other fiber, fabric or fabric print types used:

Muslin weight

25.1 Piecing techniques:

Hand Piecing

25.2 Applique techniques:

Hand Applique; Reverse Applique

25.4 Other construction technique:

Green combs are blind stitched, red combs are top-stitched.

Unique binding materials?

Red binding is on sides with white borders. Red on two sides, white on two sides.

27.3. Construction techniques used in binding:

Separate binding applied; Straight grain

27.5. Width of binding:

less than a half inch

If previously undefined, what is the width of the quilt binding:

.25"

28.1. Material used for quilt batting or filling:

Cotton

28.2. Batting loft:

Thin

29.2. Quilted by:

Felker, Sarah

29.3. Quilting technique used:

Hand quilting

29.3.1. Thread type:

Cotton

29.3.1. Thread color:

Red, green, white

29.3.2. Number of quilting stitches per inch (Place 1):

6

Other quilting designs used:

Echo, All over grid. The quilting stitches were even.

Other fabric fiber types used in quilt back:

Very thin, loosely woven muslin

31.3. Number of pieces in quilt back:

Seamed or one piece

30. Quilt notes and observations:

This quilt shows dye migration, severe discoloration. Even so, it is a vibrant, attractive, unusual quilt.

1. Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Name of Quilt Owner:

Shiell, Wilma J.

How was this quilt acquired?

Gift

When was this object acquired? Under what circumstances?

Owner's mother-in-law brought the quilt to Arizona in 1973. The quilt was previously owned by Eunice Felker Shiell (owner's mother-in-law) c1940-1973. Gift from mother-in-law c1971-3 in Tucson.

2. Other related items such as publications, image, oral history, or ephemera:

Yes

3. Quilt maker's name:

Felker, Sarah

Gender:

Female

Death date:

Chattanooga, TN

Ethnic background/Tribal affiliation:

German/English

Educational Background:

Grade school

Quilt maker's occupation:

Homemaker

City:

Small city

Quilt maker's maiden name:

Aikman

Spouse's/spouses' name(s):

Felker, John

Number of children:

9

6. How did the maker learn to quilt:

From Relative

When learned to quilt:

Under 10 years of age

Why does/did the quiltmaker quilt?

Church; Gifts; Necessity; Pleasure; Therapy

Explain how and/or why the maker quilts:

Learned to quilt from her mother, probably at a very young age

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

Arizona Quilt Documentation Project

Where the quilt was made, city:

Chattanooga

Where the quilt was made, state:

Tennessee (TN)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Details about why the quilt was made:

Made to be used.

Cite this Quilt

Felker, Sara. Cockscomb variation. Pre-1900. From Arizona Quilt Documentation Project, Arizona Quilt Documentation Project; Arizona Quilt Project 1987-1989. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=38-36-2856. Accessed: 06/16/24