Applique quilt with stuffed quilting. Mary C. Pickering; St. Clairsville, Ohio Mid- 19th century. American Gothic, Grant Wood 1930
Hasbrouck family vignette; Ulster County, NY. Mid- 19th century. Pictorial Quilts Many outstanding designs were achieved in 19th-century American quilts by the effective use of a variety of techniques such as piecing, applique and embroidery.
Bible Quilt made by Harriet Powers African- American; Athens, GA. About 1886.
Quilt pieced together from Centennial cottons. Bradbury family, NY and NH. About 1876. Patriotic Quilts National symbols such as stars, stripes, and eagles were used in American quilts throughout the 19th century.
Stars and Stripes. Mark Rockhold Teter; Noblesville, IN. 1861.
Groom's album quilt made for Benoni Pearce. Pawling, NY. 1850. Presentation Quilts Many outstanding quilts from the mid-19th century marked a special occasion. Some were composed of squares resembling the pages of a sketchbook, scrapbook, or family album; others were signed like the pages of an autograph album.
Silk bride's quilt. Mary Jane Moran; Baltimore, MD. 1845.
Family Album Quilt Album quilt made by Susan Rogers, Brooklyn, NY. Dated 1867.
Mourning or Tombstone quilt. Nancy Ward Butler; Jamestown, NY. Dated 1842. Appliqued Inscriptions Toward the middle of the 19th century, women began to inscribe their quilts with the moralistic and mournful themes they had recorded earlier in their schoolgirl samplers and embroidered pictures.
Crib Covers Quilts made for children in the 19th century were usually small versions of those made for adults. Shown are four 19th-century crib quilts, and a 20th-century example designed for a child. Pieced work quilt. Southington, CT. About 1870.
Throughout this semester we will create a quilt of Women’s America. Each studentwill be responsible for creating at least one square representing the experience of a particular woman or group of women in American history. As the semester progresses we will attach these squares to the “backing” and “filling” which we made during the first few days of the semester. Topics and people to be represented include: Anne Hutchinson, female slaves, Abigail Adams, the suffragettes, 60s feminists, battered women, Martha Ballard, colonial mothers, Margaret Sanger, unwed mothers, immigrant women and women of the American wars.
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