1840 - 1850 Powell's Quilted and Stuffed Counterpane

Description:

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

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Textiles, Domestic Furnishings

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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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