1860-1869 Cynthia Hobby's "Poppy" Quilt

Description
A poppy motif dominates this pieced, appliqued and embroidered quilt, probably assembled by Cynthia Hobby (1770-1863) and quilted by her granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Hitchcock Seamans (1839-1881). Twenty-five 15½-inch blocks are framed by a 9-inch border that has appliqued clusters of cherries with leafy stems and is edged with pieced sawtooth bands. Fine quilting, 12 stitches per inch, outlines all the appliqued motifs. Diagonal grid and diagonal line quilting further enhance the blocks and border on this well designed quilt.
This is one of three quilts donated by the same family.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1860-1869
maker
Hobby, Cynthia
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, wool (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 96 in x 95 in; 244 cm x 241 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T13544
catalog number
T13544
accession number
257115
subject
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
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. Margaret Seamans Birch
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