About The “Jane” Quilt

The original Jane A. Stickle quilt is housed in the Bennington Museum, USA.

JaneQuiltThe original ‘Jane’ quilt

Here is the description of the quilt the museum provided:

This unusually large sampler quilt from the collection of the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont has a unique pieced and scalloped border, and is made up of 169 five-inch blocks containing a total of 5,602 pieces.  Within this complex quilt, no pattern, and almost no fabric, is used for more than one block.  The patterns are a combination of original and traditional designs.  The quilt is backed by a plain cream fabric.

Jane A. Blakley was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont on April 8, 1817 to Sarah Rein (1776-1864) and Erastus Blakley (1786-1831).  By 1850 she was married to Walter A. Stickle.  Though the couple never had children, school district records note that they had assumed responsibility for three children.  The 1860 census lists Jane living by herself, while her husband Walter is listed as living with his brother-in-law.  This arrangement was most likely work related, since the 1870 census shows Jane and Walter living together on their farm.  The couple lost their farm after declaring bankruptcy in 1877, and Jane died on March 2, 1896 at the age of 79.  Jane is buried in the Shaftsbury cemetery on Route 7a.