1840 - 1860 Catherine Byer's Pieced and Appliqued Quilt

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Inked leaves and a bird frame the inscription: “Eby – Byers Catherine Byers” and the place, “Chambersburg.” Below Chambersburg is noted "1837," but in a different color ink---possibly a later addition? Did Catherine make this quilt?
Catherine Byers, born in 1805, was the daughter of Frederick Byers and Anna Eby of Pa. Catherine married James Crawford (1799-1872). They raised their children and lived on the family homestead in Franklin County, Pa. Catherine died in 1892. Both came from families who were early settlers of Pennsylvania, some of whom had fought in the Revolutionary War.
Thirty-six pieced blocks, each with a center square of dark blue printed cotton and three appliquéd leaves at each corner create a unique pattern. The central focus is the 9 ¾-inch-block with the inked drawing and inscription. The quilt is framed by a 6-inch border and is quilted at 10 stitches per inch. As no information was included with the quilt, it is difficult to know who made the quilt and the significance of the date.
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date made
Byers, Catherine
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Chambersburg
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 95 in x 93 in; 240 cm x 236 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Grace Fox
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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