1860 - 1900 Long Family Hexagon Pieced Quilt

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Description
This vividly colored quilt was made sometime after 1860 by the sisters of Joseph Long of Washington County, Md. Red, yellow, blue and white 3-3/4-inch hexagons are set in concentric rings.
The pieced hexagons on some of the rings are quilted with hexagons, others with floral motifs. The concentric rings are framed by a 9-inch border consisting of three bands, one white and two red. The red bands are quilted in a chevron pattern and the white band in a feathered vine.
The quilting is 9 stitches per inch. The quilt has a cotton filling and the lining is brought to the front and machine-stitched to form the binding. While family information indicates an 1847 date, the 3x2-ply S-twist cabled cotton thread that is used for the machine piecing and hand quilting suggests a later date.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1860-1900
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Maryland
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 75 in; 219 cm x 190 cm
ID Number
TE.T15695
accession number
296914
catalog number
T15695
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Beulah Weaver Witmeyer
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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