1840 - 1860 Appliqued Quilt

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The floral bouquet focal point of this mid-19th century appliqued quilt was probably from a panel printed especially for use as a cushion cover or quilt center. The circular 24½-inch center is surrounded by appliqued sprays of flowers and framed by three 6” cotton borders; two roller-printed borders and one white. There may have been a fourth quilted border, part of which remains stitched to the present outer printed border, but later it was folded to the back and stitched for a binding.
The donor gave this quilt to the Museum in honor of her aunt who “rescued” the quilt. “I think it would be a shame to have it hidden away from those who appreciate our heritage and admire beautiful needlework. It would no doubt have been destroyed . . . .”
Location
Currently not on view
subject
Quilting
National Museum of American History
unknown
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. George Miller
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 76 in x 76 in; 194 cm x 192 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
place made
United States
1840-1860
Object Name
quilt
ID Number
TE.T12902
accession number
244077
catalog number
T12902