Quilts

Migration

Regional styles and techniques do not stop at geographic borders. Many designs, layouts, and details characteristic or even typical of Maryland and Virginia, were shared with quilts from other areas. Quilters brought their design traditions with them as they emigrated, and thus styles and patterns spread. In this section, we show quilt designs moving from Europe to America, becoming popular beyond this region, or emigrating with their makers to newly settled parts of America. On a smaller geographical scale, the Baltimore Album style was copied outside the city in other parts of Maryland.

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration

Wool “Inlaid Patchwork” Quilt Top

Made by Elizabeth Tayler Kobler, 1747-1825

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Embroidered Whitework “Candlewick” Counterpane
Embroidered Whitework “Candlewick” Counterpane
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Genealogy Quilt

Made by Mary Rooker Norris (1785-1868)

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Tree of Life Framed Medallion Quilt

Probably made by Mary Lang Harris or Sarah Harris Spencer

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Tree of LIfe and LeMoyne Star Quilt

Made by Mary Minor Sims Lester (1800-1888)

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Mathematical or Lone Start Quilt

Made by Catherine Ann “Kitty” Waring (1787-1867)

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Video: Migration of Quilts and Elegance

As Americans moved from one area to another they brought their customs with them and they brought their quilt styles with them.
-- Alden O'Brien, DAR Curator of Textiles and Costumes

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration