Crib Quilt, Mill Wheel pattern


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This crib quilt from Pennsylvania is completely hand stitched of red calico and plain white cotton cloth in the difficult-to-piece Millwheel pattern. All such patterns that incorporate curved pieces are particularly challenging to the quilt maker because they require great precision and small, careful stitches to make a curved seam lie flat. This piece could only be the work of an experienced sewer.

Crib quilts are extremely popular with collectors today. Their small size makes them easy to hang as graphic art, and the small-scale patterns are often very attractive. Even the rather worn and faded appearance of these often-washed quilts adds to their appeal; they have been preserved as precious objects, in remembrance of a time when a child was still small.

Crib Quilt, Mill Wheel pattern, Cotton, American

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