1860 - 1880 "Tumbling Blocks" Child's Quilt

Description
The maker of this child's quilt remains unknown. Well worn, it is pieced in the Tumbling Blocks pattern, also referred to as Cubework or Boxes. The placement of the four inch diamond shaped pieces cut from various roller-printed cottons creates an example of an optical illusion in textiles. The lining is a roller-printed check cotton in red and brown. The quilt was completed with outline quilting, six stitches /inch, and bound with a strip of printed cotton folded over the edge and machine-stitched. The quilt was donated to the Museum in 1968 by Mrs. Dorothy Walkley Faul. She provided the information that the quilt had been in the Walkley family who had settled in Southington, Connecticut, about 1630 and that the quilt was probably made in the 1860s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt, crib
Object Type
quilts
Date made
1860-1880
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 47 in x 41 in; 119 cm x 103 cm
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, Southington
ID Number
TE*T14533
catalog number
T14533
accession number
277119
subject
Textiles
Children
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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. Dorothy W. Faul
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