1890 - 1910 Macy Family's Pieced and Embroidered Silk Quilt

This silk variation of the “Log Cabin” pattern was used to make this parlor throw or quilt that was in the Macy family. The donor at the time of donation in 1971 remembered seeing it as a 10 year old on a bed in his family’s home in Ossining, New York.
The twenty 12-inch blocks are pieced with a wide variety of silks and satin. Fancy embroidery stitches (Herringbone, Feather, French knot, Straight, Daisy, Buttonhole, Stem, and Satin) embellish the blocks which are constructed on cotton squares. Each center of a “Log Cabin” block has a different embroidered motif. The blocks are framed by a 4 ½-inch border composed of 1-inch strips of many different silks. The top is attached to a black cotton satin lining which is quilted 7 stitches per inch. The resulting quilt of many colors is still impressive to view.
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date made
Physical Description
thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
fabric, silk, satin, velvet, cotton (overall material)
overall: 83 in x 68 in; 211 cm x 173 cm
place made
United States: New York, Ossining
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accession number
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Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Noel Macy
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