1850 - 1860 "Four-patch" Pieced Child's Quilt

Description
A quilt pieced in a variation of the “Four-patch” pattern, was cut down to make this crib or child size quilt (41 inches x 40 inches). A hand-sewn seam down the center joins the two sections cut from another quilt. Roller printed cottons, the earliest dating to about 1840, along with woven and printed plaids were used for the 7 ½-inch pieced blocks. These were set diagonally, alternating with 7 ½-inch plain blocks. Filling and lining are cotton. It is quilted (8 stitches per inch) with parallel lines 1 inch apart; vertical lines on the pieced blocks, horizontal lines on the plain blocks. No separate binding, the front is turned to the back (¼-inch) and whip stitched. The small quilt is an example of recycling in the mid-nineteenth century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt, crib
date made
1850-1860
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 41 in x 40 in; 104 cm x 102 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T17347.000
catalog number
T17347.000
accession number
321804
subject
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Children
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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