Grand Army Autograph Quilt attributed to Anna Morgan,
I showed a detail of this quilt a few months ago. It was recorded in 1988 by the Arizona Quilt Project at a quilt day in Yuma, It seems to have been brought to Arizona from Washington State. Photos and a short description are posted on the Quilt Index.
67" x 88"
Suzanne reminds me to explain that the largest Union veterans group was the GAR (the Grand Army of the Republic). This quilt must have something to do with that organization.
There are 32 blocks placed on point. Each has an insignia of some kind in the'center with names on the diagonal and on the square along the edges.
This photo of the same quilt may be from the
Antiques Roadshow TV show in 2002
I did a search in the Library of Congress's newspaper site for "Grand Army Quilt" and came up with something quite similar to the Morgan quilt. The National Tribune, a veteran's newspaper, mentioned a GAR get-together in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in 1885 where a "Grand Army quilt" was used as a fundraiser.
"We also had a Grand Army quilt, composed of 20 blocks of fine bleached sheeting. A Maltese cross of red was sewed on the center of every block, and two stars and two crescents on diagonal corners. Twenty ladies each took a block, and solicited contributions from the gentlemen in sums from 10 cents upward, the lady raising the most money receiving the quilt usually; but we varied this by giving it to the gentleman who gave the most on a square. One generous individual gave $20, and received the quilt."
I would guess that Anna Morgan was not the quilt's maker here, but the recipient or related to the recipient who won some kind of fundraising competition.