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5-2-273

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Illinois State Museum

Who documented this quilt?

Illinois Quilt Research Project; Illinois State Museum Collection

Illinois Quilt Research Project Registry Number:

802

Alternate inventory control number:

1998.152.3

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public Museum, Library or Institution

Quilt owner's name:

Illinois State Museum

Quiltmaker's Name (top):

Miller, Elizabeth Beachy

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

What is the quiltmaker's birthdate?

1883 IL

Date and place of quiltmaker's death:

1973 IL

What is/was the quiltmaker's religious affiliation?

Amish

Was the quiltmaker married? If yes, when?

1904 IL

Quiltmaker's spouse's name:

Miller, John D.

Spouse's occupation:

farmer

Did the quiltmaker have any children? If so, how many?

8

How many of the quiltmaker's children were girls?

5

How many of the quiltmaker's children were boys?

3

Quiltmaker's mother's name:

Miller, Lydia J.

Quiltmaker's mother's birthplace:

MD

Quiltmaker's father's name:

Beachy, David S.

Quiltmaker's father's birthplace:

MD

What is the ancestry/ethnic background of the quiltmaker's family?

Amish

Anything else we should know about the quiltmaker?

See 1998.152.4.

How did the owner get the quilt?

Purchase

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

Made entire quilt

Where the quilt was made, city:

Arthur

Where the quilt was made, state:

Illinois (IL)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Date owner signed the form:

ca. 1988

Pattern name; used by owner or by maker:

Evening Star in Monkey Wrench

Source of pattern name and number. Include if it is a variation.

2119 similar

Date provided by maker/owner:

c. 1925

Date estimated by IQRP:

c.1925

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Jan Wass

Time period:

1901-1929

Length:

81"

Width:

70"

Block size:

12" x 12"

Quilting stitches per inch. Are they even?

5

Format:

Finished quilt

Piecing techinques used to make the quilt top:

Machine Piecing

Construction (top):

Block pattern

Block style (top):

Squares; Same block throughout

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Number of full blocks; pieced, appliqued, and plain:

12

Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:

1

Fabric; fibers:

Cotton

Fabric print:

Solid/plain

Predominant colors (top):

Blue or Navy; Beige or Tan

Overall color scheme:

Multicolor

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Grid/crosshatch; Grid diamond; Double parallel lines

Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:

Cables; Vines

Quilting designs used, background fills:

Grid/crosshatch; Parallel lines

Describe the quilting designs used:

Diamond grid in pieced blocks, diagonal grid in plain corner blocks, leaves on vine in sashing, 2-line intersecting cable in inner border, double diagonal lines in outer border.

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

What type of thread was used for the quilting?

cotton

What color was the quilting thread?

white

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Separated by sashing with cornerstones or connecting blocks

Describe the borders:

Couble borders with corner blocks in inner border, butted, machine sewn.

Binding and edge treatment:

Back turned to front

Materials used in the quilt binding:

Cotton

Fabric structure of the binding:

Plain weave

What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?

half inch - one inch

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

Filler:

Another quilt

Thickness:

Medium (3/16?)

Does any filling show? Are seeds (or debris) visible?

also blanket

How many pieces of fabric were used to make the quilt back?

3

Backing; fiber content:

Cotton

Description of the back:

yellow and green solid-color fabrics

Backing; fabric:

Different fabrics; Solid/plain

Backing; width of pieces (in inches):

35", 35", 6"

Backing; color:

Yellow

Condition:

Poor/very worn

Describe specific damage to the quilt:

Disintegration of fabric; Fading; Stains; Tears or holes

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

Illinois State Museum

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Beachy, Elizabeth D.

Quiltmaker's father's ethnic/tribal background:

Amish

Quiltmaker's mother's ethnic/tribal background:

Amish

The quilt was made to be used for:

Bedding, daily use

Cite this Quilt

Miller, Elizabeth Beach. Evening Star in Monkey Wrench. 1901-1929. From Illinois State Museum, Illinois Quilt Research Project; Illinois State Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=5-2-273. Accessed: 06/16/24