1840 - 1850 Margaret Willis's "Irish Chain" Pieced Quilt

Description
Twenty-four roller-printed cottons were used to construct this example of an “Irish Chain” pattern. The plain white and pieced blocks are framed by a roller-printed glazed floral chintz. The pieced blocks are quilted with diagonal lines, the white blocks with clamshells, and the border with chevrons.
According to family information, Margaret Willis crafted the “Irish Chain” quilt near Leonardtown, Maryland. Margaret Lowry was born in Virginia in 1794. She married John S. Willis (1790-1878). Margaret died in 1844 and is buried in Mercer County, Missouri.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1850
maker
Willis, Margaret Lowry
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 98 in x 93 in; 249 cm x 236 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Leonardtown
ID Number
TE*T08320
accession number
152645
catalog number
T08320
subject
Textiles
Quilts
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 Miss Margaret Gray
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