1840 - 1860 "LeMoyne Star" Pieced Quilt

Found in a trunk in Massachusetts, on either the MacGuire or Fowler homestead, this quilt is composed of 11-inch “LeMoyne Star” pattern blocks. The 19 pieced blocks and one Nine-Patch block are set diagonally with 11-inch squares of glazed printed cotton. Attached to the sides and bottom of the quilt are gathered flounces 25 ¼ inches long (included in overall measurements) made of the same glazed roller-printed cotton used for the plain squares.
The fabrics are plain-woven roller-printed cottons: floral, plaid, checked, striped, and dotted. Six patches are made of bolt-ends with large black stamped numbers and letters. The lining is composed of two lengths of plain-woven cream colored cotton. Cotton was used for the filling, and it is quilted 7 stitches per inch. No separate binding except at corner cutouts where a bias strip of printed cotton binds the inside curve. Front and lining are turned in and stitched, the flounces are sewn to the front layer.
The star motif was and is a popular quilting design. This mid-nineteenth century quilt is an example of the traditional “LeMoyne Star” pattern and bed furnishing design.
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Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 85 in x 67 in; 216 cm x 170 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts
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Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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