1850 - 1900 "Pinwheel" Child's Quilt


This lively pieced child’s quilt was made in the second half of the nineteenth century and the maker is not known. It was part of a donation to the Smithsonian by G. Ruth McHenry in 1961. It may have been in the family of Jane Winter Price, who made a “Carpenter’s Wheel” quilt that is also in the Collection.

Green and white pinwheels within red circles surrounded by pieced chains of green pointed ovals give a sense of whirling animation to this small quilt. Inside the 1½-inch border are semicircles of printed cotton. White thread is used for the outline and concentric line quilting on the red circles and white ground. Green thread is used for the outline and concentric line quilting on pinwheels and chained ovals, and for the herringbone quilting in the border. All are quilted 9 stitches per inch. The use of color and the complex pieced pattern combine to make this child’s quilt dynamic.

Date Made: 1850-1900

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: North America

Subject: QuiltingChildren


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Credit Line: Gift of Miss G. Ruth McHenry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T12701Accession Number: 238478Catalog Number: T12701

Object Name: quilt, child's

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 58 in x 41 in; 146 cm x 104 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c5be-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556396

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