1840 Quilted and Stuffed Whitework Counterpane

Description
This white counterpane has a quilted design of daisies and squares-within-squares. The “stuffed and corded” needlework technique was utilized to achieve the overall design. This technique creates a raised design by inserting extra filling (often cotton) or cording in specific areas to make the motif stand out in relief. A narrow quilted border frames the center. "1840 MT" is quilted in one corner. It is quilted, 9 – 10 stitches per inch. There is no filling or separate binding, front and back are turned in and sewn with a running stitch. The precise needlework skills of an unknown quilter are emphasized on this example of a whole cloth quilt.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1840
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, linen (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 60 in x 46 in; 152 cm x 117 cm
ID Number
TE.T18239
catalog number
T18239
accession number
1977.0101
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History