Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan
Cotton, wool, velvet, silk
66” x 67”
MSUM 6060.1, Gift of Lucile Norelius
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Roxanna Alverson Brazee was sixty-seven years old in 1918 when she
tried out her newly acquired skills of painting to embellish this
"Crazy" quilt. The quilt was made as a gift to her daughter
Iva Dell Piper who passed it on to her granddaughter Lucile Norelius,
who in turn donated to the Michigan State University Museum. Family
stories relate that Roxanna was a prolific quiltmaker who made at
least one quilt for each of her seven children. Iva Dell was thirty-three
when her mother made this quilt for her. The date "1918"
is embroidered in the upper right corner and the name "Dick"
is also inscribed. The quilt has a strip of tobacco-cloth premiums,
one of which features a Harvard banner. None of the records show
the name of Dick or made reference to Harvard; it is anyone's guess
who Dick might be.
American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum