This quilt takes its name from the block on the top row that contains symbols of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, such as an all-seeing eye and linked chain. Still active today the IOOF originated in 17th-century England to give aid to those in need and to pursue projects for the benefit of all mankind. Members were called "Odd Fellows," since it was unusual at the time to organize for charitable purposes.

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Mary Ann McCue, American, dates unknown
Odd Fellows Appliqué Album Quilt
c. 1850
Cotton and silk
91 × 89 1/2 in. (231.1 × 227.3 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of the estate of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Mary Ann McCue, Philadelphia; by heritance to her son John McCue (d. 1924), New Castle, Delaware; to his daughters, the Elizabeth and Catherine McCue, New Castle, by 1946; [...]; Miss Ima Hogg; Estate of Miss Ima Hogg, 1975; given to MFAH, 1976.