Lancaster, Pa. -- A hundred year old quilt made from 71,820 pieces of materials is in the possession of Mrs. Richard Van Riper.
Very little is known about the history of the quilt, except that it was made about 1834 by Elizabeth Zell, who lived in Little Britain township, near here.
By inheritance, the quilt went into the hands of Mrs. Arthur Bickham, who provided that her sister-in-law, the present owner, should have it upon her death.
It has been estimated that work on the quilt required at least ten years. There is some dispute as to whether most of the material used is old chintz, or oil chalice. The pattern is made up of 7,920 diamonds, each with nine tiny rosettes. Each rosette is made of a tiny circle of cloth, apparently cut around a dime. Half the diamonds have eight rosettes, with a red one in the center. This color scheme is reversed in the remaining half of the diamonds. Seen from different angles, the quilt shows hundreds of geometric designs of larger diamonds, pyramids and cubes. Held to the light, the quilt looks like old lace.
The quilt is 7 feet 11 inches long by 7 feet 2 inches wide. So fine is the needlework that the stitches scarcely can be seen with the naked eye.
(Posted as a courtesy from an old newspaper - not related.)