1850 - 1875 "Chips and Whetstones" Pieced Quilt


Names for quilt pattern blocks change over time, by region, and as variations on traditional or classical block patterns develop. For this quilt a multitude of roller-printed cottons were used to piece twenty 17-inch blocks in the “Chips and Whetstones” or “Mariner’s Compass” pattern. Floral motifs were appliqued at the corners where the blocks join. The blocks are framed by a red-ground cotton border, slightly wider on the sides than at the top and bottom. Although the border fabrics have deteriorated, the deft use of printed fabrics for the blocks provides the overall eye-catching quality of this quilt design.

Date Made: 1850-1875

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Josie E. Newcomb Burton

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T13139Accession Number: 247913Catalog Number: T13139

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 95 in x 78 in; 241 cm x 198 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-b93e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556421

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