|Publisher:||Montana Historical Society Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.18(w) x 12.14(h) x 0.88(d)|
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This lovely Goose in the Pond quilt was possibly the oldest one found by the Montana Historic Quilt Project, and it offered a bit of a mystery to the documenters. The owners knew the quilt had traveled to Montana with Maxine Otis’s parents, who came to homestead near Hobson in 1916; other details about the quilt were sparse. Initially this quilt was thought to be made between 1830 and 1850, but these dates conflicted with family tradition that the quilt had been made in 1812. Upon closer inspection, the documenters discovered that the fabric was older than they originally thought, some of it dating to the late 1700s. A second look at the quilt also revealed a date and name buried in the quilting: 1811, Robert McInnis. Soon, additional hints about the quilt popped out of the fabric. An ink inscription appeared stamped in a corner block with the name Sarah H. Jones and the town Erie, Pennsylvania. Robert McInnis’s name was also inked into the quilt elsewhere, although by now the “c” and “I” in his name had started to fade. Whatever the bond Robert McInnis and Sarah Jones shared, the quilt was clearly a treasured possession. As reliable permanent ink was not available until the 1830s, the ink inscription was probably added after the quilt was made to leave a lasting record of those connected to it.
Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroduction: Montana Quilts and Quiltmakers, by Mary Murphy, Professor of History, Montana State UniversityForeword: The Montana Historic Quilt ProjectChapter 1: Territorial MontanaChapter 2: Statehood and SettlementChapter 3: Hard Times and a Quilt RevivalChapter 4: Modern MontanaChapter 5: A Quilting RevivalBibliographyIndex