1850 - 1875 "Chips and Whetstones" Pieced Quilt

Description
Names for quilt pattern blocks change over time, by region, and as variations on traditional or classical block patterns develop. For this quilt a multitude of roller-printed cottons were used to piece twenty 17-inch blocks in the “Chips and Whetstones” or “Mariner’s Compass” pattern. Floral motifs were appliqued at the corners where the blocks join. The blocks are framed by a red-ground cotton border, slightly wider on the sides than at the top and bottom. Although the border fabrics have deteriorated, the deft use of printed fabrics for the blocks provides the overall eye-catching quality of this quilt design.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1850-1875
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 95 in x 78 in; 241 cm x 198 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T13139
accession number
247913
catalog number
T13139
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. Josie E. Newcomb Burton

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