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Ridley, Margaret Ann Bynum Jordan
Place Made:
Southampton County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
116 1/2″ x 100″ __116 1/2″ __ __100″
Accession Number:
MAKER: This quilt was given to Nathaniel Thomas Ridley (1844-1875) by his mother, Margaret Ann Bynum Jordan Ridley (1819-1906) in 1846. Margaret Ann was born in Northampton County, North Carolina to John B. and Nancy Bynum Jordan (1795-1824). She married Colonel Thomas Ridley (1809-1875) in Northampton County, NC in 1837. They lived in Southampton County, Virginia, at “Bonnie Doon” Plantation.

DESCRIPTION: Top is forty-two squares (6 across, 7 down), each with circular star pattern in multicolored printed cotton, diamonds and triangles around pink and gold centers on a white ground. Bands between squares and around edge are pieced of green printed triangles and white diamonds, placement of blocks is symmetrical around signature block, but extra row of blocks on left of unbleached plain woven cotton. Binding is multicolored printed bias strips. Piecing: note that although the stars appear to be appliqued, in fact they are seamed to white ground and each white ground area is actually 4 pieces. Quilting: oak leaf pattern in white ground areas with original pencil lines, six lobed flowers in center circles; other quilting follows shapes of pieces. Quilt design is a variation of the “Sunburst” pattern.

Credit Line:
Gift of Julia Ridley Smith and Moreland Tyler Smith