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Appliqué and Reverse Appliqué

Flower Basket Quilt

Dated 1849

Made by Anna Catharine Hummel Markey Garnhart (1773-1860)

93 in. W x 95 in. L
7-8 stitches per inch

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Willard H. Markey and their daughters, Susanne Markey Bensing and Jane Markey Rivera, in memory of their son and brother, Fredric Willard Markey, 1947-1952


Frederick, Maryland


Reverse appliqué vines surrounding central motifs are a regional specialty in Maryland, but Garnhart’s extensive use of the technique, and her distinct
leafy vines, are her signature. She also uses the sawtooth border common to this region.


John Hanshew Markey, son of Garnhart’s son David, received this quilt from his grandmother and passed it down through the generations. It is inscribed 1849, presumably the date the quilt was finished and presented to John, who was born in 1835.


Block-printed cotton chintzes, rollerprinted and solid cottons; cotton filling and backing

Catharine assembled her floral bouquets by combining elements from several block-printed chintzes. Note how the bouquets in the bottom row are made from either a top or bottom half of the larger vases, with different flowers added.

Flower Basket Quilts by Catharine Garnhart

Courtesy of the family of Eleanor Maynard

DAR Museum, 91.463

Courtesy of David and Linda Davidson