All the work on this incredible textile is appliqued and reverse appliqued on linen from a variety of early turkey red calicoes dating from the late 18th century up until the time this coverlet was created.
From a sociological point of view we know that this young lady was part of a very affluent family, because of the unbelievably high cost of these fabrics.
The backing used is homespun linen, and the thread is linen.
The edge of the quilt has been pillowcase sewn and then outline stitched to give the impression of a separate binding.
When you see this style, you may not know which state it’s from, but it’s definitely from New England.
The main body of this quilt is comprised of an all over pattern consisting of 9” diamond in a square blocks created from fabrics with dates of c.1780s to c.1840.
The diamonds have apx 1-1/2 inch sides, tip to tip the stars are apx 24 inches and the applied binding is 1/4 inch wide.
One of the photos shown here is the quilt on a queen size bed with a 15” mattress.
This was originally made for a very high double bed that would have been 54” wide, but today we can easily use this on a 60" wide queen size bed. When this quilt is hung on a wall, the stars appear to pulsate in front of you.
Shading is due to lighting, not representative of the quilt. When one first looks at this wonderful textile, one immediately assumes it is an overshot coverlet, as I did. It’s a mid 19th century knit table cover created in strips of various widths from apx 9” to 19” and then sewn together with the same ecru thread that was used to knit this masterpiece.
Crowning this amazing piece and totally encircling it is a 1-1/2” handmade fringe, also of the same ecru thread.
Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots.