The Union Star, Elizabeth Holmes, 1869, 90" x 71"
"This quilt was made 1869 by Elizabeth Holmes in her 68th Year."
"Abraham Lincoln: Grant Pr: Colfax VI: & The Union Forever."
"The Union Star"
Elizabeth Holmes probably made this quilt to show support for the Republican Presidential candidates U. S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax in the 1868 election. The memory of Republican Lincoln was an important touchstone in that first post-Civil-War election.
The quilt has passed from collector to collector over the years. Quilt dealer Laura Fisher noted she'd recently seen it in a photo in a shelter magazine. Like Laura, we hope its not hanging in the sun.
See Darra Williamson's post on the quilt here:
Bobbi Finley, Homage to Elizabeth, 1996
Bobbi Finley was inspired by Elizabeth Holmes to make an appliqued quilt pictured in my book Quilts From the Civil War.