The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester has received a gift of a “crazy quilt” made by Shenandoah County resident Ida Gochenour Bauserman. The quilt was donated by Anna Mae Ortgies, of Maurertown, a great-great-niece.
A “crazy quilt” is a patchwork quilt of a type traditionally made in North America in the 1880s and 1890s from patches of fabric stitched together. They were used mainly for display or draped over sofas, pianos or other furniture.
Bauserman was the daughter of Samuel and Susannah Gochenour and the great-granddaughter of Jacob Gochenour, who obtained a Lord Fairfax land grant in 1754 in the Fairview area west of Woodstock. The quilt was most likely made in the 1880s and 1890s while she lived and took care of her parents at the Gochenour home place in Saumsville.
Bauserman’s niece, Florence Gochenour Reynolds, inherited the quilt. She passed it down to her daughter Eula Reynolds Swartz, who passed it down to her daughter Anna Mae Swartz Ortgies.
The quilt will be on display at the museum in the near future.