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


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


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Exhibition Location:

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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