1835 - 1850 Eliza Jane Todd's "Grandmother's Flower Garden" Quilt Top

Eliza Jane Todd’s silk quilt top is pieced in the “Honeycomb” or “Mosaic” pattern, also referred to as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” One inch hexagons are seamed by overcasting into 6 ½-inch “flowers” each having a dark center hexagon. Many have outer rings of red silk hexagons. The “flowers” are separated by black hexagons. A 3 ½-inch border of red silk ribbon is outlined with bands of black silk. Included at the time of donation were some of the paper hexagon patterns cut from a letter dated Sept. 14, 1835, that had fallen off the quilt.
Until the 1936 donation, the quilt had been in the donor’s family. Eliza Jane Todd was born November 12, 1809, in Warren Co., Ohio, the daughter of Owen Todd and Maria Jane Paxton. Her father was related (grand uncle) to Mary Todd Lincoln, and her mother was the daughter of Thomas Paxton, who fought at Valley Forge. Her family moved to Indiana where she lived most of her life. It was there she married William Peyton Stevens in 1831. They had eleven children and lived in Shelbyville, Indiana. She died in 1883 in Missouri.
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Object Name
date made
Todd, Eliza Jane
Physical Description
fabric, silk (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
overall: 88 in x 74 in; 224 cm x 188 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Madison
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. Anna Perkins Stewart
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