1870 - 1890 Marian Frick's Log Cabin Parlor Throw

Marion Frick, a dressmaker, constructed this “Log Cabin” quilt in the “Barn Raising” pattern. The quilt has samples of many different silks; plain, pattern-woven, ribbed striped, plaid, dotted, and watered. Possibly she was able to amass the many silk scraps from dresses that she made.
The parlor throw is both hand and machine sewn. The 3/8-inch strips of silk are pieced in 3½-inch blocks. A 3¾-inch red silk border is machine stitched. The lining is red twilled cotton, hand quilted, with an inner lining of loosely-woven cotton. Diagonal grid quilting pattern was used for the lining and the front and back are turned in and machine-stitched through all layers.
Marion Frick was born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, February 5, 1829, the daughter of John Frick and Anna Elizabeth Gotshall. She never married, but worked as a dressmaker and lived with her sister’s family. She died in October 1908 and is buried in the Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Object Name
date made
Frick, Marian
Physical Description
fabric, silk, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 70 in x 69 in; 178 cm x 175 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Lewisburg
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 Mrs. Edwin A. Schoen
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