1875 - 1900 "Double Irish Chain" Pieced Quilt

Description
Names for quilt pattern blocks change over time, by region, and as variations on traditional or classical block patterns develop. On this quilt plain-woven red, green, and white cottons were used to create this version of the pattern, “Double Irish Chain.” All of the red and green pieces are 2-inches square. The 8 ½-inch border is edged with a red and green appliqued saw tooth strip. Feathered wreaths, quilted 9 stitches per inch, embellish the white squares and a feathered vine, the border. Diagonal grid quilting was used on the pieced chain. There is a 10-inch difference in width from top to bottom. The bright red and green of the pieced double chain effectively sets off the quilted blocks.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1875-1900
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 99 in x 104 in; 251 cm x 264 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*E363156
accession number
117457
catalog number
E363156
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
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. C. D. Rhodes
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