Matilda Vary, piecer; Mary Schafer, finisher
Ida Pullum, quilter
Top c. 1876, finished c. 1980
Ceresco, Calhoun County, Michigan and Flushing, Genesee County,
Cotton with polyester batting
81-1/4” x 97”
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
After she added a border and had the quilt finished, Mary Schafer
signed the name of the top’s maker in ink on the quilt. Because
a multitude of fabrics appear in the quilt, this textile provides
a good study collection of fabrics from the last quarter of the
19th century. Mary’s paisley border is a typical print of
a fabric available during the time she finished the quilt.
A pattern for this quilt is featured in the MSUM book, Great
Lakes, Great Quilts.