Pieced and embroidered, cotton and linen quilt with a framed center of twelve, large, 18th century, crewel-embroidered, multi-colored floral sprays done in wool on a home-spun cotton and linen (?) ground, and a wide border pieced with eight-pointed, sawtooth stars of a red, roller printed cotton on plain white cotton alternating with a plain block; knife edge; three-piece, off-white cotton backing; and cotton batting. The quilting is done in white cotton thread (6 stitches per inch) in radiating squares. Crewel-embroidered bed hangings and coverlets became fashionable amoung the wealthy somewhat earlier than bed quilts. Like New England's embroidered bed covers, crewelwork designs served as models for the patterns in wholecloth woolen quilts. The crewl embroidery of this quilt probably started out as bed hangings in the 18th century. Although crewelwork fell out of fashion after the Revolutionary period, the ancestral embroidery remained valued and was often adapted in the 19th century for new and useful items, such as quilts.
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