1840 - 1860 "Variable Star" Pieced Quilt

Description
The “Variable Star” pattern was used for the 7-inch pieced blocks that alternate with 7-inch plain blocks. The pieced blocks have examples of a variety of roller-printed fabrics. Around all four edges of the quilt are ten inch red and blue floral print triangles. The initials “S N” are cross-stitched in brown silk on the lining which consists of three lengths of plain-woven cotton. The quilt has a cotton filling and is quilted 6 stitches per inch. No separate binding, the front and lining are turned in and sewn with a running stitch. This quilt is an example of mid-nineteenth century quilting utilizing a variation of the popular star design.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1860
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 91 in; 226 cm x 231 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T17341.000
catalog number
T17341.000
accession number
321804
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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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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