1775 - 1825 Phoebe Pettit's Pieced Quilt

Description
Phoebe Pettit’s quilt has an elaborate quilting pattern imposed over a pieced pattern, an unusual technique at this period. Blue threads in the selvedges of the dotted pink fabric indicate that it was manufactured in England between 1774 and 1811. Diagonal quilting provides the background for the complex floral stuffed-work pattern in the center. The irregular scalloped border that cuts into the pieced pattern is a mystery.
Phoebe Beach was born August 5, 1770, in Albany, N.Y. She married Maj. Macijah Pettit, an officer in the Revolutionary Army, who fought with George Washington. After her death, the Major sent the quilt to her family in upstate New York. It was carefully preserved in the family until its donation in 1994.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1775-1825
maker
Pettit, Phoebe
Physical Description
fabric, cotton, linen (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 73 in; 236 cm x 185 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
1994.0221.01
accession number
1994.0221
catalog number
1994.0221.01
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
GIft of Ellen E. Rowe
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