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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Burgoyne Surrounded
Mary Schafer, piecer
Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Cotton with polyester batting
84 x 104
MSUM# 1998:53.10
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

The design commemorated the Battle of Saratoga. Here, British General John Burgoyne was surrounded and surrendered on October 17, 1777. The event is represented symbolically in the quilt by the blue squares symbolizing the Americans circling around the red squares symbolizing the British. In the border, the blue American squares can be found breaking through the red British lines. Within the quilting, Mary chose to use the Maltese cross as a representation of George III.

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