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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Sawtooth Quilt
Matilda Vary, piecer; Mary Schafer, finisher
Ida Pullum, quilter
Top c. 1876, finished c. 1980
Ceresco, Calhoun County, Michigan and Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Cotton with polyester batting
81-1/4” x 97”
MSUM# 1998:53.86
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.


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