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Whitework Quilt

Artist/Maker:
McKee, Ann Hutchison
Place Made:
Woodford County Kentucky United States of America
Date Made:
1830-1850
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
WOA 96; LOA 101
Accession Number:
4489
Description:
White whole cloth quilt with stuffed work; medallion style; central area consists of a stylized flower with five petals center with 5 leaves with serpentine tendril-like stuffed feathers; some areas with sunflowers; others with paisley-like elongated heart shapes with tendril plumes; additional areas of cosmos-like floral sprays and other stylized flowers. Quilted in parallel diagonal lines throughout ground with approximately 14 stitches to the inch top and bottom; thin cotton batting.
History:
This quilt was made by Ann Hutchison McKee (1811-1901) from Woodford County, Kentucky. It was passed down to her daughter Sarah Ann McKee (1841-1916) and subsequently through each generation of daughters named Sarah. The quilter also has a whitework coverlet (acc. 5698) in the MESDA Collection.

Ann Hutchison was born in Woodford County, Kentucky in 1811 to Andrew James Hutchison (1776-1856) and Mary McPheeters (1781-1846). She married Henry Platt McKee on September 7, 1837. She died at the age of 89 in Woodford County, Kentucky.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund