Curatorial DescriptionPieced cotton quilt. Possibly created in the Northeast. Fine quilt stitching, no central motif; geometric pattern; also, the amount of the seeds in the fill probably dates it as before 1840. Called “Star of the East” top is white cotton with orange cotton woven stripe fabric used in the pieced eight pointed stars. Stars are 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” at the widest points. Entire quilt composed of squares, the plain ones quilted in two floral patterns. Backing is possibly homespun linen. Whole quilt is bound (1/4” border) in same orange fabric as stars. The fill (batting) is cotton. Seeds can be seen when viewed through light. The star squares are called “9 patch” made up of a central square and eight triangles. Quilt stitch is running stitch. The star blocks are quilted in 1 1/4” blocks one edge is bordered in 11 orange triangles. Could have been added onto foot end for extra length.
Dimensions8’2” W6’9” L
Measurement Notes: 8’2” O. W. X 6’9” O. L. (248.9 X 205.7 cm)
Measurement Types: Item (Overall)