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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Maker of the top unknown finished by Mary Schafer
Provenance unknown
1875-1900 (top only), finished c1970
86" x 97"
Cotton with cotton/polyester filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

As Mary collected antique fabrics, blocks, and tops, her knowledge of quilt history grew. She often turned unfinished pieces into completed quilts. She added borders and original quilting designs to the top to achieve a completed quilt. In this case, Mary took an unfinished quilt top from circa 1900 in the "Boxes" or "Baby Blocks" pattern, added a wide border to it, and then designed the quilting motif of a cable and channels. When she discovered the name of the top's maker, Mary applied that name to the finished quilt.


By Mary Worrall from American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum

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