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1800 - 1850 Pieced Quilt with a variety of block patterns

1800 - 1850 Pieced Quilt with a variety of block patterns

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The 17-inch center block of this early 19th-century quilt is appliquéd with a charming array of floral, geometric, and heart-shaped designs. It is surrounded by five pieced borders.
Block-printed, copperplate-printed, Indian-painted, and roller-printed techniques are represented in the fabrics that were used for piecing. Plain-woven and pattern-woven white cottons are also evident. The 8 ½-inch blocks that make up the borders are pieced in a variety of patterns popular in the first half of the 19th century. It has a cotton filling and is quilted, 7 stitches/inch.
The quilt is probably from southern New England, possibly Connecticut, where it was found. The many, many fabrics, different pieced block patterns, and appliquéd designs contribute to this sampler of 19th- century quilt making.
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Object Name
date made
place made
United States: New England
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 98 in x 96 in; 248 cm x 244 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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