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Collection Textiles-Quilts
Catalog Number 1990.01.03
Object Name Quilt Top
Date 1905
Creator Rothenberger, Elmira T. (Yeakel)
Place of Origin Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Material Silk
Dimensions W-55 L-55 inches
Description Crazy Quilt top of 3 x 3 block formation of various solid and printed silks and satins. Each block averages 15.50" squareand is of randomly pieced brightly colored silks, satins, taffeta, moiré, grosgrain patches, each decorated with silk embroidery stitching. There are embroidered phrases, names and initials also found on the top, including the initials "G.Y" (mostly likely), the phrase "Love one another" and in the center square: "Elsie Yeakel in the year 1905" indicating the maker and year the quilt top was made. There is an applied 4.00" wide trim made of individual rounded edge triangle shapes in various silks. There is no backing fabric, but the reverse reveals that each block had a foundation of various cottons that the pieces were applied to.
Provenance Made by Elmira "Myra" T. (Yeakel) Rothenberger (1872-1958), wife of Nathaniel M. Rothenberger (1863-1941). They resided in Emmaus, Lehigh County. The quilt was made for her niece, Elsie T. (Yeakel) Buhman (1887-?).

This quilt was documented in the Goschenhoppen Quilt Survey.
Cataloged by C.Harvey
Search Terms Yeakel, Elsie