67" x 83"
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.10
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by MSU Museum
The free-style design of this quilt consists primarily of multicolored
Masonic symbols appliquéd on a white background. Symbols include
a square and compass with the letter "G", a scythe, Jacob's
Ladder, and a pot of incense.
The Free and Accepted Masons or Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (generally
referred to as Masons or Freemasons) are a fraternal organization whose
origins date to the early 1700s. Little is known about the origins of
this quilt, but it serves as a unique piece of material culture related
to this fraternal organization.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.