Strip Silk





ID #


Location of Interview

Belfast, NY

Date as mm/dd/yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).


Who documented this quilt?

New York Quilt Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

American Folk Art Museum

Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection. Set to Private, but you can be over ride.





New York (NY)

2. How did the present owner acquire this quilt? Made_____ Inherited____ Found_____ (Where?) Purchased___(Where?)____Given___(By Whom?)____


Other (Please explain) 3. Who will be the next owner of this quilt? This field is for any information about how the quilt was acquired and/or where it will go next.

The quilt owner's daughter will inherit the quilt.

5. What is the full name of the quiltmaker? Enter as Last Name, First Name.

Graves, Isabella Elizabeth Austin

6. When was the quilt made? Enter (as mm/dd/yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

c. 1912

How old was the quiltmaker at the time?

The quilt maker was 56 years old when the quilt was made.

This is a search feature in the QI. If you use this field, your quilts will appear in the Period search on the search QI page.


8. What is the birthplace of the quiltmaker?


9. Where did the quiltmaker live when this quilt was made? Choose a state.

New York (NY)



Town, City or Village


Choose the Country where this quilt was made.

United States

12. Is a religious affiliation of the maker important to the quilt? Is so, how? 13. Did the family attend religious services? Is so, which institution and where?

Yes, she attended a Methodist Chrurch.

What was his/her occupation?

He was a merchant.

15. Did the quiltmaker have children? ___How many?___ If you know their names, please indicate.

Three; Zella, Clarabelle, Morris

16. Are there any photographs of the quiltmaker? 17. Did the quiltmaker leave any letters, diaries, or written records? 18. Are there any sewing tools...? 19. Are there any other quilts by the same maker? 25. Does this quilt live with other quilts?

Yes, there are photographs.

20. Did the quiltmaker have a name for this pattern? If so, what?

Strip Silk

21. Has the quilt ever been exhibited? If so, where?

Yes, this quilt was exhibited in the Shongo museum.

If there was another source for fabric, explain it here.

She saved scraps from dressmaking to make quilts

Description (describe the quilt in one or two sentences.

Silk Strip

Size: Length Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).


Width Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)


Number of blocks (if applicable)


Type Assign the circled data to the correct QI field.

Block pattern

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Type Assign the circled data to the correct QI field.

Finished quilt

Fabric: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.


Fabric Design: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Checked; Plaid; Print; Solid/plain; Striped

Predominant Colors: Dark Light Pastel Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Multicolor; Dark colors

Layout: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Side by side

Layout: Diagonal


Border Fabric: Border Corners:

This quilt has a pieced border with no sashing, the border's fabric was the same as the body of the quilt. The corners are butted.

BACKING Fabric: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.


BACKING Fabric Design: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.



The back is seamed.

BACKING Color(s) Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.


BINDING Self: Applied: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Edges turned in/no separate binding; Hand sewn



BATTING Condition:


QUILT TOP CONSTRUCTION Piecing Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Hand Piecing

Enter any unusual technique that hasn't been described in a previous field.

The quilt is blind and running stitched.

Quilting: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Tied or tufted



Describe other damage.

This quilt is damaged and fragile.

Identifying Marks: Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Date; Signature

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.

Signed "Grandma Christmas", Inscription: Wellsville - Evelyn

For any other comments, please use blank sheets.

The silk on the quilt was made from a family rag bag.


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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)


OCCUPATION: Enter the occupation of the quilt maker (if retired, former occupation).

She was a teacher, who cared for her brother after he returned home after the Civil War.

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.

American Folk Art Museum

Cite this Quilt

Graves, Isabella Elizabeth Austi. Strip Silk. c. 1912. From American Folk Art Museum, New York Quilt Project. Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 12/02/22