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Quilt, Crazy pattern

Aletta Whitehouse Davis (1830?–1925)
ca. 1885
Made in New England, United States
Silk, silk velvet, cotton, and chenille
74 3/4 x 73 1/2 in. (189.9 x 186.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Reverend and Mrs. Karl Nielsen, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
Each block of this quilt was pieced and appliquéd onto a backing, and then embroidered and decorated with a variety of motifs. The blocks are joined together without any sashing. The joined blocks are surrounded by a five-inchwide gold silk-velvet border. The quilt is pieced of many different colored fabrics, but most blocks feature a larger patch of black velvet embroidered with a Rower. The backing is a brown weft-faced cotton. The piece is not quilted; the layers are tied together every four inches with blue and yellow cotton embroidery threads.
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