1840 - 1860 Mrs. Tarlton's "Mosaic" Quilt Top

This “Mosaic” quilt top is made of 1 ½-inch hexagons pieced into flowers. Each is framed by a row of tiny diamonds and triangles. The center of each flower is a printed red morning-glory and the same roller-printed cotton is used for the small diamonds. According to donor information it was made by Mrs. Tarlton, and won a prize at a county fair in Vermont before the Civil War.
Mrs. Tarlton’s daughter, Nellie, married Captain McKeogh of New Orleans during the Civil War. She in turn gave the quilt to Miss Hannah Jane Seymour on the occasion of her marriage to Elliott Graham in 1891, the parents of the donor. Two of the white hexagons are inscribed “Graham” and “Hannah.” Unfortunately little is known of Mrs. Tarlton other than she moved to New Orleans with her daughter, Nellie.
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Object Name
quilt top
date made
Tarlton, Mrs.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
overall: 79 in x 71 in; 201 cm x 180 cm
place made
United States: Vermont, Burlington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Pendleton E. Lehde
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