Cultural Objects, Quilts

Triangles Quilt

People
Maker/Creator: Polly Ann Hurt Mannon
Date
Unknown
Places
Beaver Creek (Alum Ridge District)
Material/Medium

Cotton, wool

Specifications
  • Length: 76 inches
  • Width: 62 inches
Description

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.

Keywords
pieced quilt
Bio Sketch

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.

Notes

“Created for warmth, [these quilts] tell stories of use and re-use and of creating a little beauty during hard times. I call them ā€œDown Archaeology Lane.ā€
They were probably fashioned in the late 1930s.” — Catherine Pauley