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Double Wedding Ring
Mary Keller
Bentley, Bay County, Michigan
Cotton with polyester filling
92” x 112”
MSUM 1998:101.1, Gift of Randy C. Keller
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Detroit-born Mary Hutek Keller, a homemaker since her 1938 marriage to Charles Keller, lives in Bentley, Michigan. A gardener whose interests included crocheting and embroidery, Keller is the only member of her family who quilts. She began her first quilting project when she was 40 years old and has made more than 60 quilts since 1950. Keller quilts seasonally, spending more time on her quilts in the winter months than in the summer. She uses hand sewing for both piecing and quilting and sometimes pieces blocks by machine. She favors traditional patterns, although, as Keller herself explains, "I put them together differently sometimes." Keller says she prefers to use cotton fabrics because they are easy to work with, and she obtains her own patterns from magazines. Even though Keller recently suffered a stroke, she is learning to use her hand for both writing and quilting and has begun another quilt.

From Michigan Quilts: 150 Years of a Textile Tradition

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