Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key1840

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose, United States

The quilt is attributed to Mary Tayloe Llyod Key, the wife of Francis Scott Key. This unfinished paper template quilt top incorporates many scraps of fabric that are strategically (usually symmetrically) placed color wise to form flower-like blocks that are surrounded by light green fabric. The hexagonal shape of individual quilt pieces is echoed in the overall design of the quilt top.

Credit Line: Gift of Sarah Gummersall


  • Title: Grandmother’s Flower Garden
  • Creator: Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key
  • Date Created: 1840
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 90 x 84 inches
  • Subject Keywords: Francis Scott Key
  • Type: Quilt
  • Medium: Cotton, chintz, paper

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