Flushing, Genesee County, MI
80 1/2" x 98"
Cotton with polyester filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Mary Schafer adapted her "Pineapples" quilt from one
found in the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The
quilt is a block-style pattern of appliqued pineapples, a motif
that was often used in American decorative art as a symbol of hospitality.
There are eighteen 11 1/2" appliqued blocks placed on point
in alternate blocks. The border is a flowering vine of Mary's design.
The quilt is signed "Mary Schafer" and dated "1973"
in embroidery. Mary always made a point of signing her work. She
felt that including a signature was an important part of the quiltmaking
process that recognized the talent and hard work of the maker. Mary's
original quilting designs are done in one-inch parallel diagonals,
small scallops, and outline quilting. The areas between the appliques
include quilting motifs of three parallel squares in squares and
four-leaf clovers, with feathered shells in half-squares in the
By Mary Worrall from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum