1780-1800 Unfinished Quilt Top


Unfinished quilt top. Twenty-five blocks (each approximately 11" x 11"); 13 pieced in a star pattern alternating with 12 one-piece printed fabric blocks. A note with quilt top and donor information states the quilt was "one pieced for babies [sic] crib . . .by the wives of the officials in George Washington's Cabinet." Sewing thread is 2-ply linen; no lining or filling.

Notes on quilt included with donation. "This quilt is reported to be one pieced by the wives of the officials in George Washington's Cabinet. L.G. Adams." Another: "The old old quilt among your mothers things is one pieced for a babies crib by the ladies of George Washington's Cabinet officials. Every piece is American weave and thread home-spun. Sister got it from Elder Query's wife at Benton [Illinois]. It has been handed down from family to family and Mrs. Query having no heirs gave it to your mother whom she loved dearly."

Date Made: 1780 - 1800

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: QuiltingPresidentsChildren


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Katherine Yoder

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2014.0298.01Catalog Number: 2014.0298.01Accession Number: 2014.0298

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, linen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 50 in x 50 in; 127 cm x 127 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-0641-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1811954

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