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Crib Quilt, Album pattern

ca. 1850
Made in Maryland, United States
37 1/4 x 38 3/4 in. (94.6 x 98.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Roger Brunschwig Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
Not on view
Our red and green appliqued crib quilt is a rare example of a Maryland Album quilt in miniature. Its four blocks each contain a floral design similar to those found on large Album quilts, and the swag border is also a common finishing element for quilts from this period. The imperfect quality of the applique work throughout the quilt leads us to suspect that it is the work of a child. Stitching down the appliquéd designs so that they remained symmetrical, and planning out the correct dimensions for each swag on the border would have been challenging even for an adult.
Crib quilts are extremely popular with collectors today. Their small size makes them easy to hang as 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.
[Peck 2015; adapted from Amelia Peck, "American Quilts & Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," 2007]
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