1875 - 1880 "Tumbling Blocks" Parlor Throw


This machine pieced and quilted example of the “Tumbling Blocks” pattern was given to the donor’s aunt by her great-great aunt, Julia Ross, in 1878. It is not known whether Julia made the parlor throw. She lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The “Tumbling Blocks” (also known as “Baby’s Blocks” or “Cube Work”) are 7/8-inch silk diamonds, precisely machine stitched, to create the overall geometric design. The pieced center section is tied with a thick silk thread, but only through the cotton lining and batting. The “Blocks” are framed by an 8-inch machine-quilted blue silk border. The use of various silk fabrics; plain-woven, faille, brocade, damask, woven stripes, and even a few with cut velvet motifs, contribute to the eye-catching quality of this parlor throw.

Date Made: 1875-1880

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Indianapolis

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Victor C. Barringer

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T13572Catalog Number: T13572Accession Number: 258907

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, silk, satin, cotton (overall material)thread, silk (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 56 in x 55 in; 142 cm x 140 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c3d2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556441

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