Quilts

Pieced

Pieced or patchwork quilts using simple shapes were among the earliest American designs, derived from the English patchwork tradition. As fabrics became more affordable with mechanized textile production, more complex quilt designs proliferated. Simple squares, triangles, diamonds, and hexagons still formed the basis for most of the designs. Some patterns were especially prevalent in this region; others exhibited here are simply regional examples of patterns seen throughout the United States.

Popular designs represented in this exhibit are Framed Medallion, Eight-Pointed Star, Hexagon, Colored Strips Alternating with White, and Block.

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Pieced

Migration

Hexagon or Mosaic Quilt

Made by Temperance Ann Money Benson (1816-1885)

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Strippy Quilt

Quiltmaker Unknown

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Strippy Quilt

Made by Elizabeth Willis Kennard (1808-1871)

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Sunburst Quilt

Quiltmaker Unknown

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Pieced Framed Medallion Quilt

Made by Rebecca Ellen Davenport Blackwell (1790-1831)

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Pieced and Stuffed Medallion Quilt

Made by Ludwell Harrison Goosley (1754-1813) and her daughters

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Pieced Counterpane

Made by Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key
(Mrs. Francis Scott Key) (1784-1859)

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Mathematical Star quilt

Probably made by Frances Boltz Woodward (1800-1834) or Cynthia Sheppard Snyder (1806-1887)

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Mathematical Star quilt

Made by Amelia Heiskell Lauck (1760-1842)
and/or Eliza Jane Sowers Lauck (1812-72)

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Ohio Star Quilt

Made by Martha Elizabeth Harris Harris (1814-1892)

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Pieced Star Quilt

Made by Mary Maccubbin Waters Waters (1817-1864)

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Four-star Pieced Quilt

Made by Octavia Jerusha Mannakee Williams (1834-1897)

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Video: Pieced Quilts

What you see are a number of very handsome furnishing chintzes, that is, fabrics that were intended for home furnishings, and then alternating with these beautiful and exquisitely stuffed areas where you have grapes, and carnations, and other flowers.
-- Alden O'Brien, DAR Curator of Textiles and Costumes

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration