1860 - 1870 Ruth Ann Stottlemyer's Appliqued Quilt

1860 - 1870 Ruth Ann Stottlemyer's Appliqued Quilt

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According to donor information, Ruth Ann Stottlemyer crafted this quilt while staying with her brothers on a farm in Goose Creek, Piatt County, Illinois. Five 24 ½-inch blocks, with triangular blocks filling in the edges, are appliqued with roses, leaves, buds, and stems in a pattern known as “Whig Rose” or “Democrat Rose.” These are framed by a 9-inch border appliqued with scalloped swags held by roses and ribbons. Outline quilting delineates all the appliqued motifs; the spaces between are closely filled with quilted sprays of flowers, feathered scrolls, leaves, and buds. It is finely quilted at 14 stitches per inch.
Ruth Ann Stottlemyer (Stottlemeyer) was born on September 2, 1843 to Jonathan Recher Stottlemyer (1820-1896) and Susannah Blickenstaff Stottlemyer (1823-1893) in Maryland. According to census information in 1880, she is listed as “keeping house” on the farm of her brother in Illinois. She died in Washington County, Maryland on August 9, 1903. Ruth Ann is buried in Beaver Creek, Maryland.
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Object Name
date made
Stottlemyer, Ruth Ann
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 88 in x 87 in; 224 cm x 221 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Margaret A. R. Stottlemeyer
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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