1800 - 1850 Pieced Quilt with a variety of block patterns


The 17-inch center block of this early 19th-century quilt is appliquéd with a charming array of floral, geometric, and heart-shaped designs. It is surrounded by five pieced borders.

Block-printed, copperplate-printed, Indian-painted, and roller-printed techniques are represented in the fabrics that were used for piecing. Plain-woven and pattern-woven white cottons are also evident. The 8 ½-inch blocks that make up the borders are pieced in a variety of patterns popular in the first half of the 19th century. It has a cotton filling and is quilted, 7 stitches/inch.

The quilt is probably from southern New England, possibly Connecticut, where it was found. The many, many fabrics, different pieced block patterns, and appliquéd designs contribute to this sampler of 19th- century quilt making.

Date Made: 1800-1850

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New England

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0417.04Catalog Number: 1981.0417.04Accession Number: 1981.0417

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton, linen (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 98 in x 96 in; 248 cm x 244 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bc18-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556175

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