1850 - 1875 "Variable Star" Pieced Quilt

Description
Names for quilt pattern blocks change over time, by region, and as variations on traditional or classical block patterns develop. This quilt is an example of the “Variable Star” pattern set in vertical strips. These strips alternate with 11 ½-inch vertical strips of printed floral striped cotton. Roller-printed cottons of many designs, woven checks, and plaids are used for the quilt. The top 6-inches of the quilt alternates the print used for the triangles in the blocks and the floral stripe fabric used in the 11-inch panels. The lower corners are cut out. A plain-woven ivory cotton was used for the lining; cotton was used for the filling.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1850-1875
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 82 in x 84 in; 208 cm x 213 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
1996.0044.112
accession number
1996.0044
catalog number
1996.0044.112
subject
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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