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Rose in the Window
Maker unknown
Found in Michigan
ca 1860-1880
68" x 81"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

The Museum staff determined that the original quilt was ca. 1860 date by an examination of the prints used in the sawtooths on each block. The combination of a simple applique surrounded by 60-degree triangles is unusual and the only one like it in the MSUM collection; it may be a completely unique pattern. Donor Merry Silber named the pattern Rose in the Window because of the Rose of Sharon pattern and the sawtooths that framed each flower.

A pattern for this quilt is featured in the MSUM book, Great Lakes, Great Quilts.


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