1850 - 1860 "Four-patch" Pieced Quilt

Description
Eight-inch square blocks pieced in a “Four-patch” variation are arranged to form diagonal chains. A variety of roller printed cottons (geometrics and florals) and woven stripes, checks, and plaids are represented on the pieced blocks. The pieced blocks alternate with 8-inch squares of the same roller-printed cotton. The quilt is cotton filled, and lined with a plain-woven cotton. It is bound with ½-inch (finished) straight strips of 2 different roller-printed cottons folded over the edge, seamed to the front, and sewn to the lining with a running stitch. The two corner cutouts with 4-inch diagonal slashes to accommodate bedposts, are typical of many nineteenth century quilts.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1850-1860
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 84 in x 96 in; 213 cm x 244 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T17349.000
catalog number
T17349.000
accession number
321804
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
Textiles
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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