1875 - 1880 "Tumbling Blocks" Parlor Throw

Description
This machine pieced and quilted example of the “Tumbling Blocks” pattern was given to the donor’s aunt by her great-great aunt, Julia Ross, in 1878. It is not known whether Julia made the parlor throw. She lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The “Tumbling Blocks” (also known as “Baby’s Blocks” or “Cube Work”) are 7/8-inch silk diamonds, precisely machine stitched, to create the overall geometric design. The pieced center section is tied with a thick silk thread, but only through the cotton lining and batting. The “Blocks” are framed by an 8-inch machine-quilted blue silk border. The use of various silk fabrics; plain-woven, faille, brocade, damask, woven stripes, and even a few with cut velvet motifs, contribute to the eye-catching quality of this parlor throw.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1875-1880
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, cotton (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 56 in x 55 in; 142 cm x 140 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
ID Number
TE*T13572
catalog number
T13572
accession number
258907
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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