1830 - 1880 "Eight-pointed Star" Pieced Quilt

This quilt tells two stories. The original quilt consists of pieced vertical strips of block- and roller-printed cottons dating from the 1830-1850s. It was filled, lined with a plain woven brown cotton, and quilted.
An “Eight-pointed Star” pattern was used for a new top to cover the original, older, worn out quilt. Seven-inch “Star” blocks are set diagonally with 7-inch squares of printed cottons; framed with a 4-inch border of striped cotton. This top consists of roller-printed cottons of geometrics, florals, and stripes. The “new” top was quilted to the “older” quilt, but in a different pattern. Both are quilted at 7 stitches per inch. The edges of the older quilt were cut off and a binding of ¾-inch straight strips of 4 different roller-printed cottons is seamed to the front, whipped to the lining. The quilt is an example of recycling an older quilt by adding a more fashionable new top.
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date made
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 100 in x 97 in; 254 cm x 246 cm
place made
United States
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Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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