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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Molly Pitcher Quilt
Mary Schafer, piecer; Ida Pullum, quilter
Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Cotton with polyester batting
78-1/2” x 106”
MSUM# 1998:53.60
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

The center square contains an embroidered image of Molly Pitcher, the Revolutionary heroine. The pieced blocks are based on an unnamed pattern from Connecticut. Mary found this old, unnamed design among the Nancy Page patterns. To Mary, the selection of this block allowed the quilt to not only pay tribute to Molly Pitcher, but to the anonymous female heroines of the past. The original quilting design is of a laurel wreath with a center star.

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