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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection


Mariner's Compass
Maker Unknown
Marblehead, County, MA
c1810-1840
97" x 100"
Cotton with cotton filling
1998:53.58
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Mary bought this quilt from Betty Harriman, who noted, "From a sea captain's home in Marblehead, Mass." The quilting is very close and fine. In places there are fourteen stitches to the inch, with lines no more than a third of an inch apart. The quilt has and extremely narrow binding cut on the straight grain of the fabric. It is made of a red print, possibly purchased for the project, and a fine white cotton, suggesting that the quilter was able to afford to buy all new fabric and spend as much time as she wished on the quilt.

By Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham from Mary Schafer and Her Quilts.



 


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