1855 - 1860 Millie Medaris's "Ocean Wave" Quilt

Description:

In 1939, Millie Medaris’s granddaughter donated this “Ocean Wave” pieced quilt. Unfortunately, little is known at this time about the quilt maker. The “Ocean Wave” has been a popular pattern at various times and this mid-nineteenth-century quilt provides a competently rendered example.

The quilt is composed of fourteen-inch blocks pieced of plain and printed triangles around plain cotton centers. A three-inch white cotton border frames the “Ocean Wave” pattern, enhanced by a ¾-inch printed cotton strip along the inside edges of the two sides. The fabrics used, typical of the late 1850s, are plain-colored, roller-printed, and checked cottons. All the pieced triangles are outline-quilted, with clamshell quilting on the white centers and double diagonal lines on the border. It is finely quilted, 10 stitches per inch.

Date Made: 1855-1860

Maker: Medaris, Millie

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Spencer

Subject: Quilting

Subject:

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

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Clara Searcy

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T08358Accession Number: 153091Catalog Number: T08358

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 88 in x 70 in; 223 cm x 179 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c92a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556335

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