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QUILT INDEX RECORD

53-155-833

Who documented this quilt?

South Carolina Quilt History Project

South Carolina Quilt History Project Number:

AND-22

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt Owner's Name:

Mrs. Franklin A. Spearman (Mavy)

Quilt Owner City:

Taylors

Quilt Owner State:

South Carolina (SC)

Quilt Owner Country:

United States

Relation of the quiltmaker to the present owner:

Great-grandmother (by marriage)

Date (data was collected):

1984-03-17

Do you know the city where this quilt was made?

Williamston

Do you know the county where this quilt was made?

Anderson

Do you know the state where this quilt was made?

South Carolina (SC)

Do you know the country where this quilt was made?

United States

Do you know the time period when this quilt was made?

1876-1900

Do you know when the family said this quilt was made?

early 1900s

Date provided by someone else, like a quilt appraiser:

c1900

Do you know who made it (quiltmaker's name)?

Spearman, Susan Hutchinson

How did you happen to get the quilt?

Gift

Details on how you got the quilt:

Given to each grandchild by a granddaughter

Do you know how old the maker was when the quilt was made?

The maker was in her 70s when the quilt was made.

Do you know if she made other quilts? Do any of them still exist? Where are they now?
Did the quiltmaker leave any letters or diaries that you know of? Where are these?
Do you have quilts made by other people?
Do you have relatives or friends who have quilts or make quilts?

This maker made other quilts that are in the possession of each of the great grandchildren. There is a picture of the quiltmaker. She had letters from her Confederate soldier, but her request was to be buried with his letters. The owner has quilts made by her husband's mother.

Do you know the pattern name she used for this quilt? Do you know other names for this pattern?

Star quilt

Do you know where the maker got her fabrics for this quilt?

Scraps left from garment making

Did she quilt this herself? Or did someone else do it or help her with it?

Jenkins, Lillian W., great-granddaughter

Was this quilt made for a particular person?

Made for granddaughter Frances Elizabeh Spearman

Are there any interesting stories about the quiltmaker?

Susan was widowed by the Civil War. She reared two daughters alone and lived with them 6 month each after they married. That was probably when she quilted a great deal.

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt width:

79"

Quilt length:

79"

Design; pieced:

Piecing

Design:

Block pattern

Pattern Name:

Blazing Star

Fabrics, source:

Sewing scraps

Fabric styles:

Multiple scrap; Print

Predominant Colors:

Gray; Navy; Maroon; White

Block orientation:

Straight

Set:

Side by side

Number of quilt blocks:

4

Number of borders:

2

Notes on backing:

Later; Sheet

Batting materials:

Polyester

Notes on batting:

Added later

Needlework; excellent; good; utilitarian; hand; machine:

The needlework techniques are good to excellent.

Quilting:

Hand quilting

Quilting description:

Later

Describe the damage:

Top unwashed

Details

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Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

All rights reserved, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina

Cite this Quilt

Spearman, Susan Hutchinso. Star quilt. 1876-1900. From McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, South Carolina Quilt History Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=53-155-833. Accessed: 04/16/24

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