1837 - 1838 Adaline Lusby's Appliqued Quilt

Adaline Lusby made this example of a chintz applique quilt in 1837-1838. The quilt design is composed of floral motifs cut from two different chintz fabrics. The center lattice-work basket features a parrot on the front and another perched on one of the branches in the basket. Flowering cactus and sprays of anemones frame the basket, surrounded by a flowering vine of roses and anemones, and, an outer row of sprays of roses. Strips of plain red cotton cut in points and valleys creates a vibrant border. Quilted floral motifs fill the white spaces.
Adaline Wineberger was born c. 1808 in Washington D.C. In 1837, about the time the quilt was made, Adaline married James Lusby (1803-1866). They had three children; James, Sarah, and Fanny. Adaline died in Washington D.C. on October 18, 1895.
According to a note with the quilt when it was donated by her granddaughter, Adelaide Rado, it was rescued from a packing trunk that had floated in a flooded cellar for several days after a tornado in 1915. “The quilt was hung in the garden to dry but unfortunately left stains which have discolored the under part, rather than the top.” Better the lining than the top! Adaline’s carefully planned-out quilt is a nice example of cut-out chintz quilt design.
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Object Name
date made
Lusby, Adaline Wineberger
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 109 in x 113 in; 277 cm x 287 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Adelaide Dorothy Wall Rado

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