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PeopleMaker/Creator: Polly Ann Hurt Mannon
PlacesBeaver Creek (Alum Ridge District)
- Length: 76 inches
- Width: 62 inches
This quilt is composed of twenty blocks framed with red polka-dot sashing. One row has blocks that are irregularly shaped in comparison to the others. Most of the blocks have 128 small triangles sewn together. Deteriorating seams along one edge reveal that the interior of the quilt is a hand-woven coverlet. The quilt is tacked (tied) with yellow cotton thread.
Polly Ann Hurt Mannon (1880-1966) married James Fleming Mannon. Her grandson’s family discovered this quilt tucked in between a mattress and box spring after the passing of the Mannons’ daughter Elsie Marie Mannon Graham in 2016.
“Created for warmth, [these quilts] tell stories of use and re-use and of creating a little beauty during hard times. I call them “Down Archaeology Lane.”
They were probably fashioned in the late 1930s.” — Catherine Pauley