: The exact maker of this quilt is unknown. The fabrics are typical of the 1880s-1890s. According to the Ohio Historical Society's records, the donor of the quilt believes that the maker(s) were one or two or three of the women living in the household of William Plyley of Twin Twp., Ross County, at the time of the 1880 census. They were the mother - Margaret Plyley, 79 years old, daughter - Alice Plyley, 32 years old, and daughter-in-law - Bell Cope Plyley, 26 years old. The quilt is constructed in a pineapple star pattern variation of wool and silk plaids, prints, stripes and solids. The pattern has been called "chestnut burr." The maker's use of color creates an optical illusion by causing the viewer to focus on the star and not the pieced block. The star is not the block, but just one fourth of a block with the red square at the stars' tips to be the center of a block. The block is 5 ½ inches square. The block is formed by laying strips of wool fabrics down on the diagonal around the center red wool square. Black is the constant color for each block giving a background effect. The quilt is tied to the back with red yarn. The back is dark green cotton sateen. The size of the quilt is 168cm x 198cm (66 x 78 inches). View on Ohio Memory.
: Om3478_6643261_001 Subjects
: Daily Life; Ohio Women; Quilts Places
: Twin Township (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)