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Our George's Cherry Tree

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QUILT INDEX RECORD

9-6-1431

Who documented this quilt?

Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Louisiana Regional Folklife Program; Tech University

Date data was collected:

2/19/1989

Lousiana Quilt Documentation Project ID#:

1860

Quilt owner's city:

Wilson

Quilt owner's state:

Louisiana (LA)

Reason(s) quilt was made:

Other

Details about why the quilt was made:

Contest entry

Quilt top made by:

Smith, Maggie Skipwith

Quiltmaker's date of birth:

12/12/1974

Quiltmaker's date and place of death:

2/16/1957

Type of item:

Finished quilt

Sizes, overall width:

83

Sizes, overall length:

88

Sizes, block, length x width:

165 X 18

Describe any unusual techniques used to make the quilt top:

Applique, Pieced

Pieced quilt type:

Block pattern

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Setting:

Side by side

Binding:

Bias grain; Machine sewn; Hand sewn

Number of borders:

4

Border description:

7.5 inches wide, Same Fabric, Single

Top fabric, fiber:

Cotton

Top fabric, design:

Solid/plain

Top fabric, colors:

White; Pink; Red; Green

Top fabric, color value:

Light or pastel colors

Backing/lining fiber:

Cotton

Backing/lining, design:

Solid/plain

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

6

Quilting, color of thread:

white

Quilting, design:

Other, Rows, Cross-hatching

Batting:

Cotton

Condition:

Excellent/like new

Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:

This quilt was made for the Century of Progress Contest. Mrs. Smith, a former mayor of Wilso, LA, made it with the hopes that it would win first prize and be presented to Eleanor Roosevelt. She hoped it would remind the First Lady of our first president, and that it had been made by the First Woman Mayor of Louisiana. She detailed the efforts required to make the quilt in a letter to Dr. Tom Spec Jones, stating that it took 3630 hours of work to produce it.

Quilt's title:

Our George's Cherry Tree

Family/owner's date for quilt:

1933

Enter the name and/or title of the person who estimated the quilt's date:

Date estimated by Susan Roach

Place made, country:

United States

Copyright holder:

Louisiana Regional Folklife Program

Cite this Quilt

Smith, Maggie Skipwit. Our George's Cherry Tree. From Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=9-6-1431. Accessed: 05/29/22

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