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Object Name Quilt
Object ID # 2012.25.2
Creator Cassel, Maggie Heimer Kratz, 1860-1938
Place of Origin Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Date 1936
Material Cotton
Dimensions W-76 L-75.5 inches
Description Friendship quilt comprised of the double wedding ring pattern. The quilt is comprised of a plain white cotton ground with pieced ring shapes and embroidered names. There are twenty-five "rings" that overlap one another and are made of multiples pieces of plain and printed cottons. In the center of each ring is a hand quilted flower motif in white thread. In every ring there are blue silk embroidered names with the center ring detailing who the quilt was made for. For the complete list of names and location please see the attached document. here is a 4.750" wide border with a leaf and scrolled border also quilted stitched in white thread. There is a 1/8" wide foldover binding from front to back. The quilt is entirely handstitched with an SPI of 5 in white thread. The back is comprised of plain white cotton.

Transcription of names on quilt: Click Here
Notes Label attached: "Mary K. Mack"
Provenance Friendship quilt made, according to the family and the evidence on it, in 1936 for Noah K. Mack (1911-1974) and Muriel Etta Taylor Mack (1912-1997) at the time of their wedding, by Noah's grandmother, Mary "Maggie" Heimer Kratz Cassel (1860-1938). Apparently Noah's sister, Mary K. Mack (1913-2014), helped with the embroidery and quilting. The embroidered names are of friends and family of the couple.

The donor (a daughter of Noah & Muriel Mack), thought that the quilt was finished and given to the Macks in 1949, when they left for medical mission work in Tanganyika, East Africa. But this doesn't seem correct, as the quilt is dated twice (1936) and contains the exact date of Noah & Muriel's wedding, indicating that was when it was given. The Macks did take the quilt along when they went to Tanganyika.
Source Gift of Elsie Mack Mast, in memory of Noah K. & Muriel T. Mack
People Cassel, Magdalena "Maggie" Heimer Kratz, 1860-1938
Mack, Mary K., 1913-1914
Mack, Muriel Etta Taylor, 1912-1997
Mack, Noah K., 1911-1974
Collection Textiles-Quilts