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Cherry Clusters quilt


Cherry Clusters
Alice Carrie Clay and Anna Clay
Provenance unknown
72” x 72”
MSUM 2010:124.6
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

A small piece of paper attached to the back of this quilt states, "This quilt was made around 1890, by the mother and grandmother of Mary Etta Cramton, Alice Carrie Clay and Anna Clay." The present owners, who purchased the quilt at an auction and brought it to Michigan, have discovered the quiltmakers were descendants of Henry Clay. It is not known where the quilt was made. It takes its name from the nine appliqued blocks of green leaves and swirling vines topped with clusters of round, red "cherries." The quilt incorporates feather and cross-hatch patterns in intricate quilting designs.

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