Friends of Annie Risser Horst
79" x 79"
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.11
Photo by Ichikawa Fumio, all rights reserved by MSU Museum
Quilts containing blocks of different patterns are known as "Samplers".
This sampler is made of both pieced and appliquéd designs of varying
degrees of difficulty, including "Basket," "Ohio Star,"
"Postage Stamp," "Pine Tree," "LeMoyne Star,"
"Zig Zag," and "Churn Dash." The blocks are set on
point and separated by sashing with cornerstones.
Quilts made by a group of individuals as a present for a friend are often
referred to as "Friendship" quilts. When quilts carry the names
of individuals, they are referred to as "Album" and/or "Signature"
quilts. This "Sampler Album" quilt is believed to have been
made as a going away present for Annie Risser Horst, a teacher in Pennsylvania,
by her friends and family members. Names embroidered in various colors
of floss on the blocks include "Aunt Lorrie Risser," "My
mother G.," "Mother Risser," "Mother Hosrst,"
"Aunt Ella Horst," "Edna Bachman Roy," and "Sadie
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.