Rooster Quilt

Mary Clara Milligan Kindler Moore American

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Like the “Woman’s Rights” quilt (2011.358) in the Museum's collection, this Rooster quilt displays overtly political imagery, although perhaps in a less recognizable way to today’s viewer. In the 1930s the rooster was a well-known symbol of the Democratic Party. It was most commonly seen printed on ballots in the Midwest, where this quilt was made. The large “X” above the rooster’s tail symbolizes a vote for the entire Democratic ticket. The overall design has been formed by piecing together small squares of fabric. This technique, inspired at first by gridded needlework patterns, was particularly popular in the 1930s.

Rooster Quilt, Mary Clara Milligan Kindler Moore (American, 1889–1978), Cotton, American

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