1870 - 1880 Betty West's "Nurse's" Quilt Top

Description
Five 24-inch pieced 8-Pointed Star blocks and four Railroad Crossing blocks were constructed using 27 different printed cottons. This quilt top was made about 1879 by Betty West, who was employed by Leonides C. Campbell and his wife, Mary, as a nurse for their children.
One of the children, Mary C. Watkins, wrote in 1939: “Betty West, our Negro nurse, made this quilt for my brother Kennedy and me. The many stitches made by stiff old fingers showes the real love she had for the two white children entrusted to her care. I treasured the quilt & have kept it all these years in loving memory of her.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1870-1880
maker
West, Betty
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 87 in x 86 in; 220 cm x 218 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
TE*T17773.00A
accession number
315496
catalog number
T17773A
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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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 Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy C. Watkins
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