“S. M. Hart, Oct. 1858,” is quilted in the white background of this quilt. The Ohio quilt dealer from whom it was purchased had no information on the quilt’s history other than the Kentucky Quilt Project had documented a nearly identical quilt made by a member of the Hart family of Clark County, Kentucky. With this lead, IQM genealogists identified Sarah Margaret Hart as the maker. Documentation efforts by individuals, state documentation projects, and collecting institutions have enabled connections between quilts now dispersed from their origins to be re-established.
Sarah Margaret Franklin Hart
Probably made in
International Quilt Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection