Designed by Anna Byrd (1890 – Unknown)
Gift of John W. Byrd
McKissick Museum Collection 5.1546
Anna was born in Fairfield County, SC. She married James Byrd in 1925 and they had six children. The donor of the quilt was their oldest son, John W. Byrd. This quilt is hand stitched patchwork in a string pattern that quilters use to repurpose fabric scraps. The African American maker of this quilt was especially skilled at juxtaposing light and dark fabric “strings” to great visual effect, which she quilted in long, running, stitches, with no definite design. McKissick Museum is fortunate to have six quilts by Mrs. Byrd and most are improvised from scraps like this example.
Anna L. Byrd (1890- Unknown) 5.1546
Anna was born in Fairfield County, SC. She married James Byrd in 1925 and they had six children. Their oldest son was John W. Byrd, born in 1913.