Monday, May 23, 2011

Links to museum quilts from the 1812 era

In our continued correspondence with Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman she has kindly shared some links to museum collections of quilts that are attributed to the first and second decade of the 19th century - lots of great ideas on patterns, fabrics and colours - check out the details at the various museum websites listed below:

A strip quilt in the characteristic limited color scheme from Patricia Melton Smith's collection in the Smithsonian.

A Nine Patch by Anna Hixson in the collection of the DAR Museum in similar colors. Photo from the Quilt Index.

An embroidered quilt with a pieced wool (calimanco) border. It's hard to know from the digital catalog entry if this quilt is actually dated 1812, which would put it in the next decade, but it is certainly the kind of quilt we'd expect to see in the 1800-1809 era. The quilt is from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Historic New England has a cut-out chintz with a swag border that MAY be
dated 1815. It's hard to tell from their catalog, but it certainly looks
like this decade with its combination of chintz and blackbirds.

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