DESCRIPTION: Quilt with pieced top. Central portion consists of hexagonal pieces arranged to form star and hexagon pattern. Wide border of floral polished cotton; border has mitred corners and varies in width from 11 1/4″ to 11 5/8″ wide; backing of border is marked for cross-hatching but only quilted on parallel lines; cross hatch quilted on the back but not through to the front of the pieced top. This quilt is inscribed on the back in ink “John G. Palmer from his grandmother Mother”. It is dated in a separate attached label “1840”, the year John G. Palmer was born.
RELATED OBJECTS: In the MESDA Collection are three other quilts that descended in the Palmer and Marion families. Made by Harriet Kirk Marion, is a crib or child’s quilt (acc. 2534.1). Harriet also contributed a square to an album quilt (acc.2534.3) made by her daughter Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer. Catherine was responsible for another chintz applique quilt in the MESDA Collection, a palampore tree of life design also made of chintz applique(acc.2534.2).