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A large diamond within squared borders was a favored layout for Maryland and Virginia chintz quilts from the mid-1700s on. This late example uses sawtooth edging, adding movement to a regional style being overtaken by smaller block patterns.
Rebecca Gladstone made this quilt with her mother shortly before her 1841 marriage to John James Harker. Her two younger sisters, and the free black female servant listed in the household in the 1840 census, probably also helped.
Rebecca exhibited quilts at the Maryland Institute Fair in 1853; this may have been one of them.
Block-printed cotton chintzes; solid cotton; cotton filling and backing
Rebecca chose a harmonious combination of floral prints with bird and butterfly accents. Possibly this quilt’s bed had bed hangings that matched one of the prints.