1875 - 1885 Harriet Fry Hockaday's "Tumbling Blocks" Silk Quilt

Description
Harriet Hockaday, who exhibited and won prizes for her quilts at various fairs, crafted this unique silk quilt. She combined the precise “Tumbling Blocks” pattern with elaborate embroidery to create the top quilt. A second quilt provides the backing. Each one is quilted in a different pattern, 16 stitches per inch. The quilting pattern in one corner of the second quilt incorporates a few Odd Fellows’ symbols. The quilt is finished with a twisted cord along the edges and large tassels at each corner.
Harriet Fry was born May 4, 1831, in Clay County, Missouri. Her mother and father, Susan and Solomon Fry, were prominent longtime settlers in Missouri. In 1850 Harriet married George D. Hockaday (1818-1899) in Clinton Co., Missouri.
They lived in Lathrop, Missouri, and had four children. After the death of her husband in 1899, Harriet moved to Tacoma, Washington, and lived with her son, Eugene. She died in 1902.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1875-1885
associated organization
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
maker
Hockaday, Harriet Fry
Physical Description
fabric, silk, cotton (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 78 in x 70 in; 197 cm x 177 cm
Place Made
United States: Missouri, Lathrop
ID Number
1989.0731.01
accession number
1989.0731
catalog number
1989.0731.01
subject
Quilts
Odd Fellowship
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Milton C. Heuston
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