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Maryland Album Quilt

1857/1907

Made by Cornelia Amanda Everhart Wissler (1836-1921)
Quilted by Kate Wissler in 1907

81 inches square; 17 in. square blocks
11 stitches per inch

Gift of Kate Wissler Leatherman
7045

Location

Manchester, Carroll County, Maryland The Album style spreads outside Baltimore

Manchester, Carroll County, Maryland

The Album style spreads outside Baltimore

Design

The sixteen-block arrangement is particularly typical of Carroll County album quilts. Wissler clearly had seen the fancy album quilts in nearby Baltimore, and created her own versions of popular designs. Rather than buying the pre-cut squares available commercially, Cornelia created her own designs with inked and applied elements to add details to her mostly solid-colored cottons.

Maker

Cornelia prepared the quilt top which her daughter (the donor) quilted fifty years later. At the time the quilt was made, Cornelia’s mother and two younger sisters were available to help with the quilt.

Material

Compared to Baltimore albums, these are somewhat simplified blocks, using more plain than printed cottons. The eagle’s feathers, however, have a printed “moiré” design to give illusion of texture, and flat “soutache” braid outlines some of the vases. Elsewhere, inked drawings add texture and detail.

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration