1878 Kate P. McHenry's "Basket" Pieced Quilt Top

Pieced in the “Basket” pattern, this quilt was made in the fourth quarter of the nineteenth century. “Kate P. McHenry 1878” is written in ink on one corner. Catherine (Kate) Price McHenry was the daughter of Jane Price Winter, whose “Carpenter’s Wheel” quilt is also in the collection, and Josiah W. McHenry. Kate was born in 1850 and lived in La Pile, Union County, Arkansas.
The quilt top consists of forty-two 9¼-inch blocks made of a variety of roller-printed cottons. The blocks are set in a triple sashing of green print and plain white cottons. A miniature “Nine-patch” design is set in the intersections of the sashing. Stripes, checks, small geometrics, plaids, and scallop-shell motifs are represented in the fabrics. This quilt top is among several items that G. Ruth McHenry (Kate’s niece) donated to the Smithsonian.
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Object Name
date made
McHenry, Kate P.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
overall: 87 in x 75 in; 221 cm x 191 cm
place made
United States: Arkansas
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
Gift of Miss G. Ruth McHenry

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