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The Kitty Clark Cole Collection

Album Quilt
Top's maker unknown, quilted by Mrs. Ola Rockwell
Harlingen, Somerset County, New Jersey
Top made in 1840, quilted in 1961
84 1/4" x 81 3/4"
MSU Museum Accession 2007:107.3
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

A typewritten label on the back of the quilt reads:
  Album Quilt: Maker unknown. c1840.
Dorothy M. Zagar purchased this red, green and blue album quilt from Mary Williams, Sebestopol, CA. Originally this quilt was all red and green, Mary had them laundered at a commercial laundry and some of the fabrics changed to blue. The theory being, the green was dyed in two stages, blue with yellow on top and the yellow washed off. The tops were in an Aunt's trunk in York, PA. Her name was Prisella M. Garrett. When she passed away in 1958 or 1959 Mary inherited this and the one with the swag border. The top was quilted by Mrs. Ola Rockwell, Annapolis, in about 1961, Mary states the top was received by her grandfather for work he had done for a family. Mary's father who died at 96 says his father received the tops when he was a young man.

The initials "S.E. McA" appear on the quilt top.

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