Probably New England or Pennsylvania
86" x 88"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
This quilt is an excellent example of the vertical style. Vertical
strips, made of blocks in the "Flying Geese" pattern seperated
by wide sashes, were popular in the first half of the nineteenth
century. The purple sashing is an exceptional example in its unfaded
condition. The fabrics overdyed in a deep yellow-green color with
small yellow and black figures were also popular during this period.
Although double pinks were and still are favored by quilters, the
scale, density, and vermiculate background in the design corroborate
the early date. The border is made from striped wool dress fabric
that also has a vertical orientation. This fabric inspired a reproduction
produced by RJR Fashion Fabrics and featured in their "Great
Lakes, Great Quilts" line.
By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum