Bozena Vilhelmina Clarke
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Top made in 1939, quilted in 1943
73 3/4" x 94"
MSU Museum Accession 6119.33
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by the MSU
The "Rose Basket" quilt is in the style of a pattern designed
by Anne Orr, a needlework and quilting designer from Tennessee who wrote
a column and was needlework editor for Good Housekeeping magazine
from 1919 until 1940. The trademark look of Orr's pieced designs is that
they replicate the look of a cross-stitch pattern. A multitude of one-inch,
finished squares are positioned to form the quilt's design.
Bozena Clarke began this quilt on October 11, 1938, completed the piecing
in 1939, and entered it in the May 1940 Detroit News Quilt Show
where it was awarded a third prize. The top was quilted in 1942 and then
presented to Harriet Clarke for her high school graduation.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.