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Catalog Number 13144-3
Title Quilt, Prairie Queen
Object Name Quilt
Description Prairie Queen pattern. Predominate colors are white, pink, and blue. All cotton fabrics. White with red, white and blue floral calico. Edging is in the same floral fabric. Quilting is in a wave design. Machine quilted. There is a thin batting.
Date 1923, ca.
Material cotton
Made Conklin, Lou A.
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Thayer), Hubbell
Used USA: Nebraska (Thayer), Hubbell
Length (in) 80
Width (in) 66
People Conklin, Lou A.
History Quilt pieced by Lou A. Conklin about 1923 and mostly quilted by her. Lou marked the quilting designs on all quilts. Some patterns were stencils but fill-in and all-over designs were her own. She made the quilting patterns for everyone: family, Methodist and Presbyterian friends.

Lou was born in Pennsylvania in 1850, and came with her parents to Republic County, Kansas in 1871. She worked as a teacher for ten years before marrying William Hamilton Conklin, in 1883. Conklin founded and was president of the Hubbell Bank in Hubbell, Nebraska. Lou began working as the cashier in the bank the day after they married, and worked there for fifty years. Lou was active in the local the local women's club, Rebekah (a fraternal and service organization), the Order of Easter Star (a Masonic fraternal organization), and the Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies included lodge work, quilting and crocheting.
Credit line William J. Conklin, Washington, D.C.
Collection Conklin, William J.