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Child's or Doll's Quilt

ca. 1845
Origin: America
OH: 16 1/4 in. x OW: 14 1/2 in.
Printed cotton
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2018.609.6
This is a small almost square quilt probably intended for a child or doll. The front consists of one panel of printed patchwork fabric, consisting of squares, rectangles, and triangles featuring a variety of brown stripes, paisley, and floral patterns. The backing is made up of one panel of striped blue and brown cotton. The quilt has a knife edge. The quilting pattern is in outline, with 5-6 running stitches per inch. It is hand stitched.
Label:Given its small size, this quilt was probably made for a child or a doll. While the quilt looks like it is made up of patchwork, with small bits of fabric pieced together, it is actually made up of a single piece of fabric made to look like patchwork. The fabric, consisting of paisley, floral, and striped prints in a variety of brown tones and in a mix of squares, rectangles, and diamonds, demonstrates how popular patchwork quilting was in the mid-nineteenth century.
Provenance:Ex. Collection: Pat Nickols; no further provenance is known.