1843 - 1845 Pink Phillips's "Lily" Album Quilt

Description
This album quilt from the mid-19th century is constructed of 49 blocks; the majority of them are signed in ink or cross-stitch. On some of the blocks Maryland towns of Westminster, Emmitsburg, and Taney Town are named and ten blocks state dates of 1843, 1844 or 1845. According to donation information the quilt belonged to Pink Phillips, mother of the donor, Marion Taylor. Pink may have been a family name.
The “Lily” motif, popular in the 19th century, is also known as “Peony,” “Cactus Flower,” or “Tulip” pattern. The red and green roller-printed cottons used for the motif are also typical of the period. The blocks are framed by a green and white saw-tooth border.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1843-1845
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Maryland
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 104 in x 102 in; 264 cm x 259 cm
ID Number
TE*T16834
accession number
1978.2412
catalog number
T16834
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Marion Taylor
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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