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Image of 0001.088 - Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850.  Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen.  Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing.  Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond.  Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth.  Other fabric colors include:  red, blue, pink, cream and gold.  A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging.  Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches throughout.

0001.088 - Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850. Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen. Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing. Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond. Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth. Other fabric colors include: red, blue, pink, cream and gold. A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging. Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches throughout.

Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850. Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen. Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing. Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond. Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth. Other fabric colors include: red, blue, pink, cream and gold. A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging. Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches thro

Image of 0002.327 - Woven Wool Throw Rug, n.d.  Warp is comprised of dark tan 1/8" jute(?) cordage through which the weft, comprised of wool yarn, is woven.  Design is comprised of two 8" sections horizontal stripes 6 1/2" from top and bottom.  From the center radiating out above and below, the symmetrical stripes' colors within each section are:  white, pink, red, berry, lavender, black, dark green, medium green, light green, yellow, white, lavender, red, berry, plumb, white and black.  Sides of rug are finished with cotton fabric sewn in place:  blue and white pillow ticking on one side and brown and white calico with a tiny floral motif on the other.

0002.327 - Woven Wool Throw Rug, n.d. Warp is comprised of dark tan 1/8" jute(?) cordage through which the weft, comprised of wool yarn, is woven. Design is comprised of two 8" sections horizontal stripes 6 1/2" from top and bottom. From the center radiating out above and below, the symmetrical stripes' colors within each section are: white, pink, red, berry, lavender, black, dark green, medium green, light green, yellow, white, lavender, red, berry, plumb, white and black. Sides of rug are finished with cotton fabric sewn in place: blue and white pillow ticking on one side and brown and white calico with a tiny floral motif on the other.

Woven Wool Throw Rug, n.d. Warp is comprised of dark tan 1/8" jute(?) cordage through which the weft, comprised of wool yarn, is woven. Design is comprised of two 8" sections horizontal stripes 6 1/2" from top and bottom. From the center radiating out above and below, the symmetrical stripes' colors within each section are: white, pink, red, berry, lavender, black, dark green, medium green, light green, yellow, white, lavender, red, berry, plumb, white and black. Sides of rug are finished with cotton fabric sewn in place: blue and white pillow ticking on one side and brown and white calico with a tiny floral motif on the other.

Image of 0002.372 - Rag Throw Rug, c. 1870. Cotton rag throw rug is comprised of several rows of three each cotton strips twisted together.  Rows are sewn together with thread.  Fabric is mostly light tan with some strips containing blue, red, gray or brown.  At each end are sixteen tufts comprised of tied thread left over from sewing the rows of fabric together.  Probably hand made.

0002.372 - Rag Throw Rug, c. 1870. Cotton rag throw rug is comprised of several rows of three each cotton strips twisted together. Rows are sewn together with thread. Fabric is mostly light tan with some strips containing blue, red, gray or brown. At each end are sixteen tufts comprised of tied thread left over from sewing the rows of fabric together. Probably hand made.

Rag Throw Rug, c. 1870. Cotton rag throw rug is comprised of several rows of three each cotton strips twisted together. Rows are sewn together with thread. Fabric is mostly light tan with some strips containing blue, red, gray or brown. At each end are sixteen tufts comprised of tied thread left over from sewing the rows of fabric together. Probably hand made.

Image of 0002.373 - Oriental Rug, c. 1900.  Woven wool rug has a large red ground rectangle in the center surrounded by alternating brown, blue , brown white, blue and brown borders respectively.  White, green, blue, gold and brown geometric shapes on red ground have box "windows" and pointed "roofs" and possibly represent buildings.  Inner blue border is filled with a row of burgandy, white red, brown and gold X-shapes with a line going through and connecting them.  White border has multicolored triangles on either edge bordering multicolored +-shapes.  Top and bottom ends have 1/2" white fringe.

0002.373 - Oriental Rug, c. 1900. Woven wool rug has a large red ground rectangle in the center surrounded by alternating brown, blue , brown white, blue and brown borders respectively. White, green, blue, gold and brown geometric shapes on red ground have box "windows" and pointed "roofs" and possibly represent buildings. Inner blue border is filled with a row of burgandy, white red, brown and gold X-shapes with a line going through and connecting them. White border has multicolored triangles on either edge bordering multicolored +-shapes. Top and bottom ends have 1/2" white fringe.

Oriental Rug, c. 1900. Woven wool rug has a large red ground rectangle in the center surrounded by alternating brown, blue , brown white, blue and brown borders respectively. White, green, blue, gold and brown geometric shapes on red ground have box "windows" and pointed "roofs" and possibly represent buildings. Inner blue border is filled with a row of burgandy, white red, brown and gold X-shapes with a line going through and connecting them. White border has multicolored triangles on either edge bordering multicolored +-shapes. Top and bottom ends have 1/2" white fringe.

Image of 1973.259 - Star Quilt, circa 1873. Eight pointed cotton star quilt, hand-pieced and hand quilted with machine secured binding (binding is made from folding over backing fabric). The stars use two different calico patterned fabrics with dark red backgrounds. One pattern shows stylistic four pointed black stars with white circles at center and the other shows a pattern of small black rectangles with two white dots. There are alternating blocks of red squares on white ground and solid white blocks. The blocks are set on point. Eight star blocks appear along the length and nine star blocks appear across width of the quilt. Quilting on the white fabric blocks alternate between vertical rows of symmetrical four-petal flowers and rows of four pointed stars with three concentric circles in the center. Small four-petal flowers are quilted along the outer edges. The backing fabric is white and "SUPERFINE  /  SHEETING" printed in reverse appears in red ink near bottom center. A sleeve for hanging made of polyester is sewn along the top edge on the back (sleeve is not original to the quilt).

1973.259 - Star Quilt, circa 1873. Eight pointed cotton star quilt, hand-pieced and hand quilted with machine secured binding (binding is made from folding over backing fabric). The stars use two different calico patterned fabrics with dark red backgrounds. One pattern shows stylistic four pointed black stars with white circles at center and the other shows a pattern of small black rectangles with two white dots. There are alternating blocks of red squares on white ground and solid white blocks. The blocks are set on point. Eight star blocks appear along the length and nine star blocks appear across width of the quilt. Quilting on the white fabric blocks alternate between vertical rows of symmetrical four-petal flowers and rows of four pointed stars with three concentric circles in the center. Small four-petal flowers are quilted along the outer edges. The backing fabric is white and "SUPERFINE / SHEETING" printed in reverse appears in red ink near bottom center. A sleeve for hanging made of polyester is sewn along the top edge on the back (sleeve is not original to the quilt).

Star Quilt, circa 1873. Eight pointed cotton star quilt, hand-pieced and hand quilted with machine secured binding (binding is made from folding over backing fabric). The stars use two different calico patterned fabrics with dark red backgrounds. One pattern shows stylistic four pointed black stars with white circles at center and the other shows a pattern of small black rectangles with two white dots. There are alternating blocks of red squares on white ground and solid white blocks. The blocks are set on point. Eight star blocks appear along the length and nine star blocks appear across width of the quilt. Quilting on the white fabric blocks alternate between vertical rows of symmetrical fo

Image of 1977.136 - San Mateo Bicentennial Quilt, 1977. Machine pieced and hand-quilted cotton blanket shows a design of white squares with red sashing and a red outer border. A large blue-bordered square at center shows the Great Seal of the United States with an eagle, the phrase "e pluribus unum", and stars. "SAN MATEO" is hand-embroidered in gold thread at top in the blue border and "CALIFORNIA" is embroidered at bottom. To the left and right of the blue border is a white rectangle. The left-hand rectangle is hand-embroidered in gold with "1776" and "1976" appears to the right. Surrounding the emblem are white squares, each approx. 9.75" x 9.75" separated by red sashing. Copies of U. S. state seals, ranging between 3.5" to 4.5" in diameter, are hand-embroidered at the center of each white block. Background colors for state seals, if not white, are colored onto the fabric with paint or ink. 
The quilting stitches are white on the red ground and red on the white ground. The white blocks are quilted just inside the outer edge and also around the state seals with diagonal stitches leading from the seal to the corners. The sashing surrounding the white quilt blocks are quilted with a pattern of three parallel lines, each 1" apart, and a star at the corners of each white block. The outer red border is quilted with four parallel lines, also 1" apart. There is a circle of embroidery around the center emblem with quilted lines radiating out from the circle. The blue border has vertical quilting 1" apart on the right and left sides with quilted stars at the corners. The white side panels with embroidered years have 9 rows of vertical quilting 0.5" apart. 
The backing is blue cotton matching the large blue border on the front, and the binding is red. In the back center of the quilt, "The Neighbors" is hand-embroidered in white with individual quilter names surrounding it. The names, clockwise from top right, include: Patricia Ciolino Chandler, Leilani Fladger Hall, Annie Mille Troyan, Alexander Mendes Cooley, Jacquelin Holman Hall, Trudi Schwiner Chambers, Ila McCaslin Beauchemin, Sue Hagemann Martling, Helen Kurth Swanson, and Beverly Wegner Bertucci.   A muslin sleeve for hanging is sewn across the top edge on the back side.

1977.136 - San Mateo Bicentennial Quilt, 1977. Machine pieced and hand-quilted cotton blanket shows a design of white squares with red sashing and a red outer border. A large blue-bordered square at center shows the Great Seal of the United States with an eagle, the phrase "e pluribus unum", and stars. "SAN MATEO" is hand-embroidered in gold thread at top in the blue border and "CALIFORNIA" is embroidered at bottom. To the left and right of the blue border is a white rectangle. The left-hand rectangle is hand-embroidered in gold with "1776" and "1976" appears to the right. Surrounding the emblem are white squares, each approx. 9.75" x 9.75" separated by red sashing. Copies of U. S. state seals, ranging between 3.5" to 4.5" in diameter, are hand-embroidered at the center of each white block. Background colors for state seals, if not white, are colored onto the fabric with paint or ink. The quilting stitches are white on the red ground and red on the white ground. The white blocks are quilted just inside the outer edge and also around the state seals with diagonal stitches leading from the seal to the corners. The sashing surrounding the white quilt blocks are quilted with a pattern of three parallel lines, each 1" apart, and a star at the corners of each white block. The outer red border is quilted with four parallel lines, also 1" apart. There is a circle of embroidery around the center emblem with quilted lines radiating out from the circle. The blue border has vertical quilting 1" apart on the right and left sides with quilted stars at the corners. The white side panels with embroidered years have 9 rows of vertical quilting 0.5" apart. The backing is blue cotton matching the large blue border on the front, and the binding is red. In the back center of the quilt, "The Neighbors" is hand-embroidered in white with individual quilter names surrounding it. The names, clockwise from top right, include: Patricia Ciolino Chandler, Leilani Fladger Hall, Annie Mille Troyan, Alexander Mendes Cooley, Jacquelin Holman Hall, Trudi Schwiner Chambers, Ila McCaslin Beauchemin, Sue Hagemann Martling, Helen Kurth Swanson, and Beverly Wegner Bertucci. A muslin sleeve for hanging is sewn across the top edge on the back side.

San Mateo Bicentennial Quilt, 1977. Machine pieced and hand-quilted cotton blanket shows a design of white squares with red sashing and a red outer border. A large blue-bordered square at center shows the Great Seal of the United States with an eagle, the phrase "e pluribus unum", and stars. "SAN MATEO" is hand-embroidered in gold thread at top in the blue border and "CALIFORNIA" is embroidered at bottom. To the left and right of the blue border is a white rectangle. The left-hand rectangle is hand-embroidered in gold with "1776" and "1976" appears to the right. Surrounding the emblem are white squares, each approx. 9.75" x 9.75" separated by red sashing. Copies of U. S. state seals, ranging

Image of 1980.142.002 - Wedding Ring Quilt, c. 1930s. Cotton quilt with wool batting that is hand pieced and hand quilted. The ground and backing fabric is mint green cotton with scalloped edges. Wedding ring patches interlock in blocks of four across the width and five down the length. The pattern shows four solid blue and white squares where the rings intersect. The rest of the fabric in the rings includes calico prints in blues, pinks, lavenders, browns, yellows, greens, and reds. Silk fabric is also used less frequently than the calico in the design of the rings. Each block is quilted with a four-petaled flower in the center of each ring and a diamond grid in the outer border. A muslin sleeve for hanging is sewn across the top edge on the back side.

1980.142.002 - Wedding Ring Quilt, c. 1930s. Cotton quilt with wool batting that is hand pieced and hand quilted. The ground and backing fabric is mint green cotton with scalloped edges. Wedding ring patches interlock in blocks of four across the width and five down the length. The pattern shows four solid blue and white squares where the rings intersect. The rest of the fabric in the rings includes calico prints in blues, pinks, lavenders, browns, yellows, greens, and reds. Silk fabric is also used less frequently than the calico in the design of the rings. Each block is quilted with a four-petaled flower in the center of each ring and a diamond grid in the outer border. A muslin sleeve for hanging is sewn across the top edge on the back side.

Wedding Ring Quilt, c. 1930s. Cotton quilt with wool batting that is hand pieced and hand quilted. The ground and backing fabric is mint green cotton with scalloped edges. Wedding ring patches interlock in blocks of four across the width and five down the length. The pattern shows four solid blue and white squares where the rings intersect. The rest of the fabric in the rings includes calico prints in blues, pinks, lavenders, browns, yellows, greens, and reds. Silk fabric is also used less frequently than the calico in the design of the rings. Each block is quilted with a four-petaled flower in the center of each ring and a diamond grid in the outer border. A muslin sleeve for hanging is sewn

Image of 1987.133 - Friendship Quilt, 1900. Hand-embroidered friendship quilt made by women of Half Moon Bay, California, to raise money for the Methodist-Episcopal Church to buy carpet. Quilt consists of red circles on a white ground. Circles have individual names embroidered in white stitches. A border of alternating red and white stripes surround the red circles, forming sun rays. Names are embroidered on the white strips with red thread. Quilt appears to be machine sewn and hand-quilted. Quilting pattern is a star burst radiating out from the center of the red circles with diagonal diamonds on the white ground. Quilt is edged in red binding. The backing is white cotton and a muslin sleeve has been affixed along one side on the back for hanging.

1987.133 - Friendship Quilt, 1900. Hand-embroidered friendship quilt made by women of Half Moon Bay, California, to raise money for the Methodist-Episcopal Church to buy carpet. Quilt consists of red circles on a white ground. Circles have individual names embroidered in white stitches. A border of alternating red and white stripes surround the red circles, forming sun rays. Names are embroidered on the white strips with red thread. Quilt appears to be machine sewn and hand-quilted. Quilting pattern is a star burst radiating out from the center of the red circles with diagonal diamonds on the white ground. Quilt is edged in red binding. The backing is white cotton and a muslin sleeve has been affixed along one side on the back for hanging.

Friendship Quilt, 1900. Hand-embroidered friendship quilt made by women of Half Moon Bay, California, to raise money for the Methodist-Episcopal Church to buy carpet. Quilt consists of red circles on a white ground. Circles have individual names embroidered in white stitches. A border of alternating red and white stripes surround the red circles, forming sun rays. Names are embroidered on the white strips with red thread. Quilt appears to be machine sewn and hand-quilted. Quilting pattern is a star burst radiating out from the center of the red circles with diagonal diamonds on the white ground. Quilt is edged in red binding. The backing is white cotton and a muslin sleeve has been affixed al

Image of 1989.398 - Diamond Block Hexagon Quilt, pre-1989. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted velvet and satin hexagon quilt with scalloped sides. The quilt is composed of diamond blocks constructed with 1.25" hexagon pieces, interspersed with black 1.25" hexagon "sashing."  Blocks are constructed with fabric in shades of red, blue, brown, and green. There are 15 rows along the height of quilt that alternate with 10 or 11 blocks per row. Each block has a velvet hexagon piece at center that is surrounded by a diamond of 8 silk printed hexagon pieces. The silk pieces are floral patterned, and they are surrounded by 16 velvet pieces that match the color of the center hexagon piece.   Backing and binding is a purple satin, quilting is done with blue thread and shows "stitch in the ditch" technique.

1989.398 - Diamond Block Hexagon Quilt, pre-1989. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted velvet and satin hexagon quilt with scalloped sides. The quilt is composed of diamond blocks constructed with 1.25" hexagon pieces, interspersed with black 1.25" hexagon "sashing." Blocks are constructed with fabric in shades of red, blue, brown, and green. There are 15 rows along the height of quilt that alternate with 10 or 11 blocks per row. Each block has a velvet hexagon piece at center that is surrounded by a diamond of 8 silk printed hexagon pieces. The silk pieces are floral patterned, and they are surrounded by 16 velvet pieces that match the color of the center hexagon piece. Backing and binding is a purple satin, quilting is done with blue thread and shows "stitch in the ditch" technique.

Diamond Block Hexagon Quilt, pre-1989. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted velvet and satin hexagon quilt with scalloped sides. The quilt is composed of diamond blocks constructed with 1.25" hexagon pieces, interspersed with black 1.25" hexagon "sashing." Blocks are constructed with fabric in shades of red, blue, brown, and green. There are 15 rows along the height of quilt that alternate with 10 or 11 blocks per row. Each block has a velvet hexagon piece at center that is surrounded by a diamond of 8 silk printed hexagon pieces. The silk pieces are floral patterned, and they are surrounded by 16 velvet pieces that match the color of the center hexagon piece. Backing and binding is a purple satin

Image of 2006.119.002 - Nine Patch Quilt, c. 1853. Machine pieced and hand quilted cotton quilt. Pink, red, and white nine patch blocks on point alternate with solid white blocks. These are bordered by white triangles placed just inside the striped border. The quilt has 35 blocks with 6 blocks across the width and 7 blocks down the length. Some of the pale pink fabric has faded to almost white, and five of the nine patch blocks have hand-sewn replacement patch squares. The quilt is bordered with 2.5" wide pink calico strips with a white strip in between. The white strip in the border is patched at top left and bottom right. Reversed blue printed text is visible through the front of the fabric on these patches. The two pink calico stripes in the outer border are composed of dark pink flowers on a light pink ground. The backing is white cotton.

2006.119.002 - Nine Patch Quilt, c. 1853. Machine pieced and hand quilted cotton quilt. Pink, red, and white nine patch blocks on point alternate with solid white blocks. These are bordered by white triangles placed just inside the striped border. The quilt has 35 blocks with 6 blocks across the width and 7 blocks down the length. Some of the pale pink fabric has faded to almost white, and five of the nine patch blocks have hand-sewn replacement patch squares. The quilt is bordered with 2.5" wide pink calico strips with a white strip in between. The white strip in the border is patched at top left and bottom right. Reversed blue printed text is visible through the front of the fabric on these patches. The two pink calico stripes in the outer border are composed of dark pink flowers on a light pink ground. The backing is white cotton.

Nine Patch Quilt, c. 1853. Machine pieced and hand quilted cotton quilt. Pink, red, and white nine patch blocks on point alternate with solid white blocks. These are bordered by white triangles placed just inside the striped border. The quilt has 35 blocks with 6 blocks across the width and 7 blocks down the length. Some of the pale pink fabric has faded to almost white, and five of the nine patch blocks have hand-sewn replacement patch squares. The quilt is bordered with 2.5" wide pink calico strips with a white strip in between. The white strip in the border is patched at top left and bottom right. Reversed blue printed text is visible through the front of the fabric on these patches. The t

Image of 2006.261.002 - Square-in-square Patchwork Quilt, c. 1883-1885. Quilt is comprised of silk, velvet, satin, and multicolored square-in-square blocks. Many styles of fabric are used including solids, plaids, stripes, and flocked velvet. Quilt is hand-pieced and hand-quilted with various colors of thread including white, tan, and blue but red and maroon ribbon binding has been machine-stitched and overlaps outer blocks.  There are 224 finished 5" blocks comprised of 3.5" squares in center, surrounded by four triangles. There is a 10" block in center that has a green embroidered vine with white daisies on a light blue ground with pink edges on two sides.  Many of the inner squares are embroidered or appliquéd, and one block has a line drawing in ink of a female figure whose hair is up.  Other motifs include a shoe, baby rattles and floral motifs.  Several blocks have cursive inscriptions handwritten in ink including "MRS H. C. Moills" on a gold half-circle blanket stitched to a red silk square, 5 rows down from top and, two blocks in from left. Nine rows down from top and one block in from left, "J. B. Hearscht" is written in blue ink on the ribbon portion of a drawing. The ribbon is at the bottom and in front of a cloud with two birds flying above). The drawing is above two hand-embroidered rattles on an off-white square block ground. "B L" appears 11 rows down from top and two blocks in from left. Pink flowers with green stems are painted on a block that is 10 rows down from top and 13 blocks in from left. The quilt backing is red cotton.

2006.261.002 - Square-in-square Patchwork Quilt, c. 1883-1885. Quilt is comprised of silk, velvet, satin, and multicolored square-in-square blocks. Many styles of fabric are used including solids, plaids, stripes, and flocked velvet. Quilt is hand-pieced and hand-quilted with various colors of thread including white, tan, and blue but red and maroon ribbon binding has been machine-stitched and overlaps outer blocks. There are 224 finished 5" blocks comprised of 3.5" squares in center, surrounded by four triangles. There is a 10" block in center that has a green embroidered vine with white daisies on a light blue ground with pink edges on two sides. Many of the inner squares are embroidered or appliquéd, and one block has a line drawing in ink of a female figure whose hair is up. Other motifs include a shoe, baby rattles and floral motifs. Several blocks have cursive inscriptions handwritten in ink including "MRS H. C. Moills" on a gold half-circle blanket stitched to a red silk square, 5 rows down from top and, two blocks in from left. Nine rows down from top and one block in from left, "J. B. Hearscht" is written in blue ink on the ribbon portion of a drawing. The ribbon is at the bottom and in front of a cloud with two birds flying above). The drawing is above two hand-embroidered rattles on an off-white square block ground. "B L" appears 11 rows down from top and two blocks in from left. Pink flowers with green stems are painted on a block that is 10 rows down from top and 13 blocks in from left. The quilt backing is red cotton.

Square-in-square Patchwork Quilt, c. 1883-1885. Quilt is comprised of silk, velvet, satin, and multicolored square-in-square blocks. Many styles of fabric are used including solids, plaids, stripes, and flocked velvet. Quilt is hand-pieced and hand-quilted with various colors of thread including white, tan, and blue but red and maroon ribbon binding has been machine-stitched and overlaps outer blocks. There are 224 finished 5" blocks comprised of 3.5" squares in center, surrounded by four triangles. There is a 10" block in center that has a green embroidered vine with white daisies on a light blue ground with pink edges on two sides. Many of the inner squares are embroidered or appliquéd, a

Image of 2007.049.001 - Sun Star Quilt, 1858.  Cotton hand pieced and appliquéd blue and white sun star quilt. Sun star pattern is a Mariners Compass variation. The quilt is comprised of nine blocks in rows of 3 x 3 with pattern pieces in blue calico against a white ground. Individual blocks are approx. 23" square and each has a round center blue sunburst design bordered by four white pieces that comprise the larger square.  A feather motif with diagonal grid is quilted in the blocks and a square grid pattern is quilted over the flying geese zig-zag border design. The binding is the same blue calico fabric used throughout and backing is white cotton. Faded handwritten black ink signature on back bottom left corner reads, "Dorothea Best  /  1858."

2007.049.001 - Sun Star Quilt, 1858. Cotton hand pieced and appliquéd blue and white sun star quilt. Sun star pattern is a Mariners Compass variation. The quilt is comprised of nine blocks in rows of 3 x 3 with pattern pieces in blue calico against a white ground. Individual blocks are approx. 23" square and each has a round center blue sunburst design bordered by four white pieces that comprise the larger square. A feather motif with diagonal grid is quilted in the blocks and a square grid pattern is quilted over the flying geese zig-zag border design. The binding is the same blue calico fabric used throughout and backing is white cotton. Faded handwritten black ink signature on back bottom left corner reads, "Dorothea Best / 1858."

Sun Star Quilt, 1858. Cotton hand pieced and appliquéd blue and white sun star quilt. Sun star pattern is a Mariners Compass variation. The quilt is comprised of nine blocks in rows of 3 x 3 with pattern pieces in blue calico against a white ground. Individual blocks are approx. 23" square and each has a round center blue sunburst design bordered by four white pieces that comprise the larger square. A feather motif with diagonal grid is quilted in the blocks and a square grid pattern is quilted over the flying geese zig-zag border design. The binding is the same blue calico fabric used throughout and backing is white cotton. Faded handwritten black ink signature on back bottom left corner r

Image of 2008.111.001 - Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s. Green and yellow satin acetate quilted bed cover with wool filling made by the Economy Products Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The top is green with a green 2" ruffle around the edge. The underside is yellow. Machine sewn and quilted with five squares on point in center forming a diamond with loops extending out from every other square. Chain stitching around the quilt margins, and various sections are also outlined with quilting. Manufacturing tag at bottom right corner.

2008.111.001 - Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s. Green and yellow satin acetate quilted bed cover with wool filling made by the Economy Products Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The top is green with a green 2" ruffle around the edge. The underside is yellow. Machine sewn and quilted with five squares on point in center forming a diamond with loops extending out from every other square. Chain stitching around the quilt margins, and various sections are also outlined with quilting. Manufacturing tag at bottom right corner.

Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s. Green and yellow satin acetate quilted bed cover with wool filling made by the Economy Products Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The top is green with a green 2" ruffle around the edge. The underside is yellow. Machine sewn and quilted with five squares on point in center forming a diamond with loops extending out from every other square. Chain stitching around the quilt margins, and various sections are also outlined with quilting. Manufacturing tag at bottom right corner.

Image of 2008.111.002 - Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s.  Olive green satin acetate(?) reversible twin-size quilted bed cover.  Machine sewn and quilted with four outer rectangles, a diamond with a decorative border in the center and several scallops radiating from the center and inside the rectangles.  The front and back are identical.  Quilt is rectangular in shape with no tags or markings.  Possibly stuffed with down feathers.

2008.111.002 - Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s. Olive green satin acetate(?) reversible twin-size quilted bed cover. Machine sewn and quilted with four outer rectangles, a diamond with a decorative border in the center and several scallops radiating from the center and inside the rectangles. The front and back are identical. Quilt is rectangular in shape with no tags or markings. Possibly stuffed with down feathers.

Quilted Bed Cover, c. 1940s. Olive green satin acetate(?) reversible twin-size quilted bed cover. Machine sewn and quilted with four outer rectangles, a diamond with a decorative border in the center and several scallops radiating from the center and inside the rectangles. The front and back are identical. Quilt is rectangular in shape with no tags or markings. Possibly stuffed with down feathers.

Image of 2010.092.028A - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern.  Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

2010.092.028A - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Image of 2010.092.028B - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern.  Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

2010.092.028B - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Image of 2010.092.028C - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern.  Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

2010.092.028C - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored damask napkin with cream-colored design of two concentric circles, accented with leaves curled in a spiral pattern. Leaf accents at each corner of the napkin. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner. Napkin has two selvaged edges and two seam-finished edges.

Image of 2010.092.029A - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

2010.092.029A - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

Image of 2010.092.029B - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

2010.092.029B - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

Image of 2010.092.029C - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958.  Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern.  Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

2010.092.029C - Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.

Holbrook-Palmer Napkin, c. 1926-1958. Cream-colored linen napkin with drawn thread work border in a diamond-shaped pattern. Stylized "P" monogram is satin-stitched in cream-colored thread at bottom right corner.