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Small, Alber. Mosaic 3. 1930-1949. From Illinois State Museum, Illinois Quilt Research Project; Illinois State Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=5-2-56. Accessed: 10/17/21

QUILT INDEX RECORD

5-2-56

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Illinois State Museum

Who documented this quilt?

Illinois Quilt Research Project; Illinois State Museum Collection

If this quilt is owned by a museum, enter the accession number:

1992.51.3

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public Museum, Library or Institution

Quilt Owner:

Illinois State Museum

Quiltmaker's Name (top):

Small, Albert

Where does/did the quilt maker live (country)?

USA

What is the quilt maker's birthdate?

1885 England

What is/was the occupation of the quilt maker?

explosives handler at quarry

Date and place of quilt maker's death:

1955 IL

Did the quilt maker have any children? If so, how many?

2

How many of the quilt maker's children were girls?

1

How many of the quilt maker's children were boys?

1

Quilt maker's mother's name:

Small, Sarah

Quilt maker's mother's birthplace:

England

Quilt maker's father's name:

Small, William

Quilt maker's father's birthplace:

England

How did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

Self-Taught

When did the quilt maker learn to quilt?

Age 50 or over

Anything else we should know about the quilt maker?

Grace Snyder's attempt to copy Albert's Mosaic 2 inspired him to create a quilt he thought no one could match for the most number of pieces. He trimmed another 1/4 inch from his tin template and nearly double the number of pieces. Becuase it was during the war and fabric was scare he walked to the town daily to check incoming bolts of cotton at the dry-good store. He estimated that he could cut 6000 pieces from each yard of fabric. It took 4 years to piece (6,000 hours) and his wife and daughter-in-law quilted the top for him.

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

Made entire quilt top

Where was the quilt made (city)?

Ottawa

Where was the quilt made (county)?

LaSalle

Where was the quilt made (state)?

Illinois (IL)

Where was the quilt made (country)?

USA

Date owner signed the form.

1992

Pattern Name; used by owner or by maker:

Mosaic 3

Date provided by maker/owner:

1941-45

Date estimated by IQRP:

1941-45

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Jan Wass, Curator

Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made.

1930-1949

Length:

98

Width:

84

Block size:

1/4" hexagons

Quilting stitches per inch. Are they even?

6

Quilting stitches per inch (in a second spot on the quilt):

5

Format:

Finished quilt

Piecing techinques used to make the quilt:

Hand Piecing; English template Piecing

Construction (top):

One patch or allover

Block style (top):

Hexagons

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

123,200

Fabric; fibers:

Cotton

Fabric print:

Solid/plain

OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.

Multicolor

Describe any quilting designs that appear on the quilt, but were not listed in a previous field.

All-over parallel lines.

Quilting technique:

Hand quilting

What type of thread was used for the quilting?

cotton

What color was the quilting thread?

white

Binding and edge treatment:

Bias grain

MATERIALS USED IN QUILT BINDING: Choose the fiber type used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

FABRIC STRUCTURE USED IN BINDING: Choose the fabric structure used to make the quilt binding. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Plain weave

WIDTH OF QUILT BINDING: Choose the width (in inches) of the binding of the quilt. Measure from the front side only.

less than a half inch

What is the shape of the edge?

Straight

Describe the corners of the quilt:

Straight

Filler:

Cotton

Thickness:

Thin (Less than 3/16?)

Backing; fiber content:

Cotton

Backing, fabric:

Same fabric used throughout; Solid/plain

Backing, color:

Pink

Condition:

Excellent/like new

Is this image or information available to use other than in this database?

Restricted

Who owns the copyright to the image(s).

Illinois State Museum

AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE: The person who brought the quilt for documentation is the source. Enter his/her name here.

Son of quiltmaker

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.

Received as a gift

QUILTMAKER'S MAIDEN NAME: Enter the maiden name of the quilt maker.

Small, Albert

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