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Crazy Quilt
Ellen Culhane
Tahquemenon area, Michigan
1889
Velvet, silk, cotton
70” x 70”
MSUM 1996:53.1, Gift of Jerre Reese
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Donor Jerre Reese explains her connection to the quilt's maker:


Ellen Culhane adopted her sister's child upon her sister's death and that child became my father's stepmother, but I barely knew her. I do know that she had many beautiful objects in her home and a lot of jewelry that she inherited from the aunt that raised her. They must have been quite well off -- the aunt had three different homes that she spent various parts of the year in.



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