Possibly made in Pennsylvania
72” x 72”
Photo by Hossein Montazaran, all rights reserved
Michigan State University Museum
Sunbonnet girls, characterized by the shape of their large, obscuring
bonnets, populate this quilt. The girls are seen at work and play
in blocks marking the day, the month, and the season and the scenes
are adapted from illustrations by Bernhart Wall, whose work appeared
on postcards and in children’s schoolbooks. Wall’s figures
can be identified by a distinctive flounce on the girls’ bonnets
near the back of the neck. Wall produced days-of-the-week and months-of-the-year
card series for Ullman Manufacturing Company in 1905 and in 1907
his designs were featured in the book Little Susie Sunbonnet and
How Her Year Was Spent, A Story for Little Tots by Uncle Milton.
By Mary Worrall from Redwork:
A Textile Tradition in America, exhibit.