albums

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Maryland Album Quilt

about 1850

Unknown Maker

80 in. wide x 82 in. long;
15 in. by 16 in. blocks

Loan Courtesy of Debby Cooney

Location

Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland The Album style spreads to the Eastern Shore

Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland

The Album style spreads to the Eastern Shore

Design

Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore produced fewer album quilts than other parts of Maryland. This one’s bold motifs, many stylized almost to the point of abstraction, reinforce the grandeur of their Baltimore cousins by their simplicity. The quiltmaker probably had seen high-style Baltimore albums but made a quirky “country” version of some of the standard big-city squares.

Maker

The maker of this quilt is unknown, beyond her residence in Berlin in Worcester County.

Material

Solid cottons, embroidery, cotton stuffing and filling, cotton backing

This Eastern Shore quiltmaker chose solid cottons to execute her design, but not because they were the only fabrics available to her. Printed calicoes, many probably from Maryland cotton factories, were surely available at local shops.

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration