The quilt is thought to have been made by Emma Civey Stahl, born ca. 1860 in Iowa or Illinois. It was passed down to her daughter Marion Stahl Gabriel (1882-1965) who lived her whole life in Illinois. When Marion Gabriel was in the Order of the Eastern Star nursing home in Rockford, Illinois, she gave the quilt to the home's administrator, Mrs. Martha Livingston, ca. 1962-3, who then gave it to her son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy W. Livingston soon afterward. They owned it until at least 1988 (or later) and then passed it down to their daughter, Elizabeth Livingston Yeager, who is selling the quilt through dealer Julie Silber.