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Florence Ballentine
Claredon, Calhoun County, Michigan
82” x 92”
MSUM 6581.1, Gift of Florence Vogt
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Donor Florence Vogt inherited this quilt, made by her grandmother, from her uncle Roy on his ninetieth birthday. The cloth label on the back corner reads,
  Made by Florence Chapin Ballentine of Clarendon, Calhoun County, Mich. as a wedding gift to her son and his bride, Roy C. Ballentine and Dorsie Palmerton in 1912. Roy gave the quilt to his niece, Florence Ellen Ballentine Vogt in 1978.

Florence B. Chapin Ballentine was born August 31, 1864 in Conesville, New York, and died February 27, 1948 in Homer, Michigan.

The fabrics in this quilt are excellent examples from the turn of the century. Of special note are the men's shirtings and "gaudies." "Gaudy" fabrics are so named because they are of bright colors printed on a black background. Some current historians also refer to these as neon prints, because the bright colors appear to glow against the dark background, but the term neon would not have been used at the turn of the century.

From American Quilts from Michigan State University Museum

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