1850 - 1860 Elizabeth Echternoch's "Whig Rose" Pieced and Appliqued Quilt

Family tradition claims that Elizabeth Echternoch was twelve years old when she crafted this pieced and appliqued quilt, a variation of the “Whig Rose” pattern. She lived in Kinzers (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania.
The floral sprigs in the border, leaves, stems and buds are all appliqued. The five large flowers were pieced and then appliqued. Red, blue, and white cottons were effectively used with a red/pink/white printed cotton to create a version of the popular red and green quilts of the time period. A frame for the design is achieved with blue piping inserted between the turned in front and lining of the quilt. Elaborate quilting, 8 – 9 stitches per inch, completes the quilt.
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Object Name
date made
Echternoch, Elizabeth
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 84 in x 82 in; 213.36 cm x 208.28 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
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accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. B. P. Fishburne
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