Wednesday, July 03, 2013

4th of July

Happy Birthday America!

Mary Rockhold Teter's Stars and Stripes quilt
In the Smithsonian Institution

This Stars and Stripes quilt was made in 1861 by Mrs. Mary Rockhold Teter of Noblesville, Indiana for her son George, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. In the center is a thirty-two-inch blue square set diagonally on a field of fifteen red and fourteen white 2-1/2 inch stripes with a 6-3/4 inch blue border. Thirty-four white stars are appliqued on a blue center, and the same number on the border, representing the number of states in the Union from July 4, 1861 to July 4, 1863. The date 1861 is quilted on one of the center stars. Some of the stars in the lower left corner of the border are quilted 'Ab Lyncoln', 'Abe', 'Scott', 'Butler' and 'Genral Lyon'. The pattern for this quilt was published in Peterson's Magazine in July 1861.

Details from Smithsonian website

Mary’s quilt was donated to the Smithsonian by George’s grandson, Eugene, in 1940. This quilt survived the Civil War.
And we are so glad it did!

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