"Hearts and Stars"
Unknown Quilt Maker
Collected in Illinois
78 x 82 inches
Abraham Lincoln Connection?
We bought this quilt from a woman who said her ancestors were "Rutledges."
Family history maintained that this quilt was made by
Mary Rutledge (b. 1787, d.1878), the mother of Ann Rutledge.
Daughter Ann was a young woman whom many believe was
"the love of Abraham Lincoln's life." Ann died, at 22 in 1835, of typhoid.
The quilt dates to circa 1860, and could have been made by Mary Rutledge.
But there was no provenance on this charming quilt, other than the family stories.
Whoever made it, created a wonderful pieced and appliqued quilt
with an unusual combination of elements.
The hand pieced red and green "Blazing Stars" alternate with
charming Heart hand-appliqued blocks.
Hand quilted, simply and nicely. Very good condition.
Well made; flat and lightweight. Separately applied red cotton binding.
Nice rounded corners.
We offer the quilt, now about 150 years old, so you can considerate it as
a Valentine Quilt!
A great gift:
for yourself, or for the treasured Quilt Lover in your life.
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