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1775 - 1825 Phoebe Pettit's Pieced Quilt

1775 - 1825 Phoebe Pettit's Pieced Quilt

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Phoebe Pettit’s quilt has an elaborate quilting pattern imposed over a pieced pattern, an unusual technique at this period. Blue threads in the selvedges of the dotted pink fabric indicate that it was manufactured in England between 1774 and 1811. Diagonal quilting provides the background for the complex floral stuffed-work pattern in the center. The irregular scalloped border that cuts into the pieced pattern is a mystery.
Phoebe Beach was born August 5, 1770, in Albany, N.Y. She married Maj. Macijah Pettit, an officer in the Revolutionary Army, who fought with George Washington. After her death, the Major sent the quilt to her family in upstate New York. It was carefully preserved in the family until its donation in 1994.
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Object Name
date made
Pettit, Phoebe
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton, linen (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
overall: 93 in x 73 in; 236 cm x 185 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
GIft of Ellen E. Rowe
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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