1900 - 1910 Lena T. Leigh's Hexagon Quilt Top

Description
Lena T. Leigh, a seamstress in Warrenton, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., assembled this quilt top in the early part of the 20th century. One-inch hexagons of a wide variety of print and solid cottons were pieced into 5½-inch rosettes, each separated by a single row of red cotton hexagons. Perhaps the many examples of period cottons were scraps from her dressmaking business.
Lena Malorn was born in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1878. In 1900, she married Thomas Leigh, born in England in 1876. She died March 26, 1946 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
quilt top
date made
1900-1910
maker
Leigh, Lena T.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 86 in x 72 in; 218 cm x 183 cm
place made
United States: Virginia, Warrenton
ID Number
TE*T16933
accession number
307851
catalog number
T16933
subject
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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. Polly L. Palmer

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