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Pieced and Stuffed Medallion Quilt

About 1810 and 1827

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

105.5 in. W x 94 in. L
8-9 stitches per inch

Gift of the Massanutten Chapter (Virginia) Honoring Marian M. Duncan, NSDAR President General (1962-65)
62.194
Conservation adopted by Carroll Campbell Strickland, Huntsville Chapter, AL

Location

York County, Virginia and possibly Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

York County, Virginia and possibly Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Design

A bold and elegant design using large-scale prints in large pieces creates an almost architectural effect. Or perhaps it recalls floor tile designs in high-style houses of the elite such as Ludwell Harrison’s family, who had several large plantations on the James River.

Maker

Ludwell Harrison Goosley and her daughters made this quilt. In the 1810 census, Goosley was widowed and lived with five daughters in York County. The household also included seventeen enslaved servants, some of whom may have worked on the quilt, too.

Family history records that Susan, the youngest daughter, later added the last two borders. Perhaps this was done shortly before Susan’s 1827 marriage in Greenbrier County.

Material

Block- and roller-printed cottons; printed cotton backing; cotton filling, stuffing, and binding

The brown, tan, yellow and black palette known as “drab style” was popular at the turn of the 19th century. The yellow dye may be quercitron, newly developed in the 1780s and widely appreciated for its vivid shades.

Appliqué

Albums

Pieced

Migration