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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection


Whole Cloth Quilt
Theresa Hamilton
1837
Harpersfield [state unidentified]
Cotton with cotton stuffing
82” x 83”
MSUM# 1998:53.116
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

As the supply of cotton thread became greater and less expensive after 1810, the popularity of quilts featuring stuffed (also called “trapunto”) work increased. Intricately stitched, these textiles were a showcase for the expert needlewoman. This quilt is inscribed in silk thread, “Theresa M. Hamilton. October 8, 1837. Harpersfield.”



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