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Object ID G.08.01.1
Object Name Quilt
Description Friendship quilt of white cotton, both top and back, with names of church members handwritten on it. Nine-patch variation blocks on point are made of dark red and white and alternate with white blocks. Dark red fabric has a small-scale print of flowering vine in black. Outside border is 7.5" wide on all four sides. Little or no batting; narrow binding is back brought forward. Quilt patterns includes triple cable in border with variety of motifs within each white block.

Names handwritten by one person in ink. Four names within each 9-patch block and the remainder within the half-blocks at perimeter.

Quilt was made by the Reformed Church congregation in Shrewsbury, York Co., for their pastor, Rev. Hiram J. Hillegass. Hillegass was raised in Coopersburg, PA and was graduated from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Presented to Rev. Hillegass reportedly as a farewill gift, probably c. 1907, by his Shrewsbury church congregation as he was taking a new pastorate at the Mechanicsburg (now Leola) church, Salem U.C.C. of Hellers, Lancaster County. Hillegas served 1895-1907 in York Co. and the congregation wanted to be remembered by this quilt signed with all 363 names of the members (handwritten list by Jean Hillegass, in file).

Date c. 1907
Made Members of Reformed Church (now St. Paul's United Church of Christ)
Dimensions H-82.5 W-80.5 inches
Collection Heritage Center Collection
Material Cottons, ink
Place of Origin 161 S. Main St. Shrewsbury, York County, PA