1800 - 1825 "Seaweed" Print Pieced Quilt

Description
The center of this quilt is pieced with two lengths of a "seaweed” motif roller-printed cotton, edged on either side by a 3 ¼-inch bias strip of the same fabric. Small “seaweed” and “coral” patterns were popular throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, perhaps related to the fashion for “pressing seaweed” as a keepsake of a visit to the seaside. A second roller-printed cotton is used for the 19-inch side and bottom borders, and a roller-printed stripe is used for the 5 ½-inch top border. The lining is pieced with various sizes of plain-woven ivory cotton. Quilted 7 stitches per inch. No separate binding, the front and lining are turned in and sewn with running stitch. Mainly two contrasting printed cottons were effectively used for this example of early 19th century quilting.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1800-1825
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 99 in x 91 in; 251 cm x 231 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T17337.000
catalog number
T17337.000
accession number
321804
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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