Unknown relative of the Ranson family
82" x 89"
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.13
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved by MSU Museum
Kitty Clark Cole purchased the quilt on eBay. A typed index card attached
to the quilt says, "This quilt (owned by Miss Rose Ranson, 1507 Mound
Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois) was handed down through the Ranson family
and was most likely made in the middle 1700s or earlier. Note that none
of the figures or designs are repeated in fabrics of the 19th century.
It's chief interest is in the medallion in the center, which represents
birds, fruits, and flowers. This medallion undoubtedly predates the patches
around it, as the coloring has been differently applied to it in a hit
and miss fashion." Quilt scholar Merikay Woldvogel thought the quilt
may be older and that the fabric was from England.
By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from The Michigan Quilt Project: New