Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Log Cabin Crib Quilt

Probably Anna Susan Ruddick Trowbridge (1869–1949)
ca. 1875
Made in Sullivan County, Monticello, New York, United States
Cotton and wool
33 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (85.7 x 69.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Rhinelander Stewart, 1976
Accession Number:
Not on view
The quilt's top is pieced of cotton and wool, primarily in shades of brown. The light colored patches are of small print cotton shirting fabric. The centers of the "log cabins" are rust-colored wool. The backing is of a brown and red printed cotton fabric. The piece is completely hand stitched and is unquilted.
It is believed that Anna Ruddick made both this unsigned Log Cabin crib quilt and the signed Nine Patch quilt (1976.198.3). The crib quilt is awkwardly constructed and seems to be the work of a child. The fabrics used to construct it can be dated to the 1870s, the period when Anna would most likely have sewn it. The museum owns a quilt made by Anna’s mother, Susan Reed Ruddick (1976.198.1) and perhaps the six year old looked to her mother’s quilt for inspiration. Anna’s mother died twelve days after giving birth to her and subsequently, Susan’s mother, Elvina Reed, moved to Monticello, New York to take care of her granddaughter. She remained there until Anna’s father, John Ruddick, remarried in 1881.
Although the Museum has a photograph of Anna, we know little about her life. She was married at the age of twenty-four to Stephen Trowbridge (1869--?), the owner of a very successful lumber business. They had three children: Ruddick Trowbridge, who was a machine gunner in World War I and was killed in action in France in 1938, Sherwood "Hop" Trowbridge (1900-1972), and Louise Trowbridge Hamilton (n.ds.). Louise had no children to inherit the family quilts; they were sold in an estate sale that took place after her death, and their purchaser eventually donated them to the Museum.

[Peck 2015; adapted from Amelia Peck, "American Quilts & Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," 2007]
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