In November 1864, Charlotte Fitzgerald Hussey and Susan A. Hussey, her daughter, presumably organized relatives and friends from Massachusetts to California to create a long and narrow quilt suitable for a military hospital bed. At the quilt’s center, they prominently recorded their Union loyalty with a red-white-and-blue shield and inscribed below it, “Rally round the flag boys! … Rally once again!” The contributors individually quilted and bound each block prior to their assembly into the quilts, many making every stitch with sewing machines. This modular quiltmaking approach shortened the number of days necessary to make the quilt by distributing the quilting and binding labor to a larger number of women. Possibly these women were urgent to provide needed bedding to the Union military hospitals.

Pattern: 
Nine Patch, detail
Maker: 
Multiple signatures
Dated
1864
Probably made in
Detroit
Michigan
United States
93
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IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0569