Horsley Crazy Quilt

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Horsley Crazy Quilt
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  • Top: 
    “Crazy” pattern; foundation, pieced, 48 blocks. Materials are wool and silk. Embroidered with “Faith”, “Hope", "Charity", and “F.C.L.” on different quilt blocks; Grand Army of the Republic medal depicted on one block, with "A.B." embroidered in same block
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  • Backing: 
    Blue satin-weave silk. Pieced from 5 panels.
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  • Stitching: 
    Hand and machine
  • Dimensions: 
    78" x 99"
  • Date: 
  • Maker: 
    Unknown (possibly Nellie Minor Horsley or her family)
  • Location: 
    Unknown (possibly Big Stone Gap, Virginia)
  • History: 

    Believed made by the owner, Nellie Minor Horsley (Mrs. J. L. Murphy], or her mother or other family member(s). She was born at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and died in San Francisco, California. The inscriptions on the quilt indicate affiliations with Union veteran organizations. The medal represents the Grand Army of the Republic (fraternal organization of Union veterans). The initials "W.R.C." stand for Woman's Relief Corps, a women's auxiliary to the GAR, providing memorialization and care for Union veterans. The maker of this quilt is believed to have belonged to the Ottawa Chapter 166, based on the presence of the number "166" on the quilt. "F.C.L." stands for the WRC's motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

  • Provenance: 
    Mrs. J. L. Murphy, possible maker. October 1970

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