Quilt of the Month


October 2004

October 2004

Crazy Quilt
Maker unknown
Probably made in St. Louis, Missouri
Dated 1886
66.5" x 59"
IQSC 1997.007.0247
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

Was this quilter making a political statement when she placed the printed political ribbon in the center of her quilt? The image is believed to be that of James Gillespie Blaine, who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican presidential candidate in 1884. The face partially concealed behind Blaine may be John Alexander Logan, candidate for vice-president on the ticket in 1884. Logan is also known for conceiving and inaugurating Memorial Day in 1868.