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Photo of reproduction of Fanny's Fan Quilt
Fanny’s Fan Quilt
Beth Donaldson, designer, piecer, and appliquer;
John Putnam, machine quilter
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan
Cotton with cotton/polyester batting
62” x 101”
MSUM Teaching Collection TC2001:9

A classic adaptation of a classic pattern also known as “Fanny’s Fan” because of the scalloped edges of the fan “blades.” Donaldson used reproduction fabrics currently available mixed with fabrics in her own collection to make this brightly colored reproduction. Donaldson suggests “you make sure and choose some fabrics that you wouldn’t think of as pastel to keep the fabric palette from washing out. The original has many shades of black, brown, and red that are softened by the large amount of cream and pink fabrics used.”

Photo of original Fanny's Fan Quilt
This quilt only appears in the exhibit as an image on a text panel.
Fanny’s Fan Quilt
Marguerite Gardner (1878-1962)
ca. 1930
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
60” x 100”
MSUM 7438.3
Gift of Phyllis Gardner

Marguerite Moore, the maker of the original quilt and daughter of Zephiniah and Bernice Alice Taft Moore, was born in 1978. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a music degree and, in 1905, married Charles Vincent Gardner, a furniture maker. Phyllis, their only child, believes her mother learned to quilt from her grandmother and that this is the only quilt that she made. Phyllis also remembers some of the dresses or blouses that were made of the same fabrics included in the quilt.

Quilts Old & New:
Reproductions from the Great Lakes Quilt Center

Curator: Mary Worrall
Curatorial Consultant & Editorial Assistance: Marsha MacDowell
Quilt Collections Assistant: Beth Donaldson
Curator of Exhibits: Juan Alvarez
Exhibit Design: Melinda Hamilton
Mary Worrall
Exhibit Fabrication: Phil Lienhart
Graphic Design: Melinda Hamilton
Graphic Assistant: Latricia Horstman
Public Relations & Editorial Assistance: Lora Helou
Museum Director: C. Kurt Dewhurst
Additional Assistance: Julie Levy-Westin
Pearl Yee Wong
Lynne Swanson
Rachel Jones
Sussanah Fischer

Funding for this exhibit was provided in part by funds from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

This activity is part of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAP) at the Michigan State University Museum which promotes awareness, appreciation, and support for Michigan’s traditional cultural resources through research, education, and public service. Operational support for MTAP is provided in part by Michigan State University, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan State University Extension Service.
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