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Photo, Print, Drawing Tessie Groth's quilts, Miles City, Montana

About this Item


  • Tessie Groth's quilts, Miles City, Montana


  • Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
  • Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • Miles City, Montana, August 11, 1979


  • -  Quilts
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Miles City


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography


  • -  Note: Online digital image numbers may be offset by 1 or 2 digits from the film negative frame numbers.
  • -  Index data: Film negative frame numbers, descriptions: quilts by Tessie Groth, photographed at her home, Miles ??t?.MT: 2-3, squares for quilt top by Tessie Groth being made for her young friend Kerri, the photographer's notes state that Tessie Groth referred to Kerry as a "granddaughter"; these crazy quilt squares are made of "good, French wool," and Groth likes to combine stitches for piecing together the squares; this square features a map of the state of Montana (with stitched word "Montana") with a star on Miles City; Tessie puts a Montana map on all her crazy quilts; 4-7. quilt square that features a stitched fan, the pattern for which Tessie copied from a friend's quilt, made in 1861; 8-10, horn of plenty square; Tessie puts a horn of plenty on each quilt, the photographer reports, because she "wants everyone to have plenty"; 11-15, square with strawberry; 16-19, square with heart; the photographer's notes state that the word "LOVE" is embroidered inside the heart, because Tessie and Kerri tell each other "I love you" each time they meet; 20-22, back-side stitching of quilt square; 23-25, Tessie's sketch of the stitching used in the square that includes the stitched fan, Tessie made the sketch from looking at her friend's 1861 quilt; 26-28, sketch and finished quilt square with fan; 29-37, Kerri's quilt (half-finished), includes stitched words "Tar Baby."


  • 35 mm black-and-white film negatives

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: 1_22927

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

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Credit line: Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, and Paula J Johnson. Tessie Groth's quilts, Miles City, Montana. United States Montana Miles City, 1979. Miles City, Montana. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Johnson, P. J. & Johnson, P. J. (1979) Tessie Groth's quilts, Miles City, Montana. United States Montana Miles City, 1979. Miles City, Montana. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, and Paula J Johnson. Tessie Groth's quilts, Miles City, Montana. Miles City, Montana. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.