Wreath and Roses
Mary Elizabeth Beardslee Durkee
Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan
74" x 92"
Cotton with cotton filling
MSU Museum Accession 1999:12.4
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
The rose was among the most common motifs selected for 19th century
appliquéd quilts. Red, yellow and green fabric appliqued to a white
background grew in popularity as the reliability of dyes increased during
the mid-1800s. This quilt, representative of its time period, was created
by the donor's great-grandmother.
Excerpted from Great
Lakes, Great Quilts.