Coverlets, Cultural Objects
Federal City Coverlet (red, navy, white)
PeopleMaker/Creator: Mary Ann "Polly" Slusher Quesenberry
PlacesShady Grove, Indian Valley District
- Pattern: Federal City
- Colors: red, blue, white
- Dimensions: 93 x 72 inches
- Two panels (36 inches wide) joined with “wrap over” hand-stitching
- Pattern nicely matched between the panels
This overshot coverlet was woven by Mary Ann “Polly” Quesenberry using red wool as the dominant color for the Federal City pattern. The coverlet was passed down in her family for more than a hundred years.
Mary Ann Slusher (1835-1936) was the daughter of Stephen Slusher and Charlotte Hylton Slusher. She married James Quesenberry.
James Quesenberry fought in the Civil War. On the day he returned home, Polly was in her garden harvesting cabbage. In her shock and delight at seeing her husband, she flung her arms in the air and lost her knife . The family searched the garden later but never recovered the knife.