Appliquéd quilt square

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ca. 1873
Cotton, ink and pencil
Overall: 8 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 1/8 in. ( 22.2 x 21.9 x 0.3 cm )
handwritten in ink: on obverse: "Mrs M Quigley" handwritten in pencil: on reverse: "Quigley"
White cotton plain-weave quilt square centering an appliqéd maltese cross applied by running machine-stitching in white cotton thread; cross of copper and brown madder-dyed star printed calico; "Mrs. M. Quigley" inscribed by hand on obverse and "Quigley" signed in pencil on the reverse.
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The appliquéd maltese cross design was probably cut from a pattern before being applied to the square, as was often done by quilt makers when creating friendship, album or signature quilts or quilt squares. Popular in the mid-nineteenth century, these quilts were usually given to an individual to commemorate a birth, marriage or move away from the local area. Squares were often given as keepsakes to ladies of a community or church congregation who were moving west. Relates to INV.11961a.
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Creative: Tronvig Group