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George Washington Bi-Centennial quilt
  • Carrie A. Hall
    born: Caledonia, Wisconsin, United States ; died: North Platte, Nebraska, United States
  • George Washington Bi-Centennial quilt, 1932
  • Where object was made: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
  • cotton, calico, piecing, appliqué, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 97 7/8 x 84 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width: 248.6 x 215.26 cm
  • Gift of Carrie A. Hall
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0039
Label Text

Silhouette of a man's bust in profile (identified as George Washington) center. Square outline of trees made from red, green and brown. Blue and white "X" border near the edge. From label on reverse: "This quilt is an adaptation of a design by Mary Evangeline Walker. George Washington Bi-Centennial Quilt---the center is a framed silhouette surrounded by two rows of hatchets. The row of cherry trees next and the outer row next represents Washington Pavement. Made by Mrs. Carrie A. Hall, Maplehurst, Leavenworth Kansas. For sale---Price $59.00." The central medallion is adapted from a Walker pattern, advertised in a 1932 clipping Hall pasted in her scrapbook. It commemorates the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth. The other blocks were also included in the Walker design but the hatchet looks original. Outside border is Washington Sidewalk (name from the Ladies Art Company catalog) or Washington Pavement from the Walkers.
The president's silhouette is framed by branches of cherries and hatchet profiles, surrounded in turn by cherry trees. The design is made of bright red, green, blue, and brown cottons.