According to the paper attached to this quilt, it was made around 1860 by Mrs. Eliza Sankey Higgins, aunt of Mrs. Faurof. The quilt came from a Chicago area estate. The fabrics are pink and green calico and white cotton commensurate with the mid-nineteenth century date on the paper. The pink calico was used extensively by the Indiana Mennonites in their quilts and is often called "Mennonite red." The quilt is entirely hand-pieced with expert, tiny stitches. It is nicely hand quilted at 8-10 stitches per inch. It was probably quilted by more than one person, perhaps at a quilting bee, because the quality of the quilting varies quite a bit in evenness and length of stitches. The quilt measures 72" X 78" and is shown on a full-sized bed. It is unfaded and has no apparent signs of wear; the binding is original and intact. The quilt was used but not heavily. It is washable, but because of its great age should be professionally washed by a conservator. One would be taking a chance, placing this quilt in the washing machine.
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