1840 - 1850 Powell's Quilted and Stuffed Counterpane


Martha Powell created this quilted and stuffed counterpane. Stuffed work refers to the technique of adding extra cotton wadding under the designs before quilting, resulting in a three dimensional effect. The center of this counterpane is a sunburst in a laurel wreath surrounded by a flowering vine. This is in turn is framed by arcs of flowering vines. Around the outside edge are baskets of fruit and sprays of flowers. It has a cotton lining and filling. All the stuffed motifs are outlined in quilting. The background is quilted in a triple diagonal grid, 11 stitches per inch. No separate binding, front brought to back 1/4" and whipped.

Martha Powell was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, on August 6 1831. She married Fielding Travis Powell (1828-1898) in 1849 or 1857. He practiced law, was a surgeon during the Civil War, and was also known for his many writings in various fields. They had two sons, and a daughter (donor of the quilt). Martha died in 1917 and is buried in Atlanta, Georgia.

Date Made: 18501840-18501840-1860

Maker: Powell, Martha

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Georgia, Atlanta

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Miss Ella May Powell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T07721Accession Number: 136919Catalog Number: T07721

Object Name: Quilt

Physical Description: thread, cotton (overall material)fabric, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 93 in x 86 in; 236 cm x 218 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bc0c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556321

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