1849 Jane Barr's Floral Appliqued Quilt

Description
A quilted and stuffed block on this mid-nineteenth-century quilt bears the inscription “JANE BARR JULY 1849.” Although a gift to the Smithsonian from her niece, Nancy Angelina Ross of Mars, Pennsylvania, in 1954, little more is known about Jane or the significance of the date.
The quilt is composed of 12-inch blocks appliquéd with crossed flowers. Red-, green- and yellow-ground roller-printed fabrics were used for the design. The pattern has characteristics of both “Meadow Daisy” and “Mexican Rose” motifs. Intervening white blocks are elaborately quilted in different geometric and floral motifs, 9 stitches per inch. A flowering vine delineates the border of this beautifully crafted quilt from Pennsylvania.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1849
maker
Barr, Jane
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 87 in; 226 cm x 220 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
ID Number
TE*T11101
accession number
201232
catalog number
T11101
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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