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Calico Sunflower

Calico Sunflower
Member of the Embury Family
Larchmont, New York
78 3/4” x 97 1/2”
MSUM 2013:75.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

This quilt was made from Paragon Kit #01123. The kit was inspired by a mid-19th Century antique quilt in the collection of Florence Peto. The original quilt had pieced circles, but this kit was adapted for applique. Each block has 24 triangle pieces to apply to the circle. The center of each circular design features one of four different designs and a 3-leaf motif is applied to each block in the four corners. Scalloped sashing strips are applied to the background.

The first owner of this quilt was David Augustus Embury of Lakewood, Ohio. Born in Pine Woods, New York (November 3, 1886 - July 6, 1960), he was a tax attorney for the Manhattan based law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Embury was author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1948), a classic encyclopedia of the 20th century cocktail. His daughter Ruth "Penny" Embury was a prominent surgeon in Cleveland, Ohio. She lived on Lake Erie in Lakewood, Ohio and was a sailor in a World Cup race.

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