Ohio or Pennsylvania
72" x 81"
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved by the MSU Museum
Whether constructed of a printed cloth medallion, an intricate
appliqué, a quilted motif, or a simple pieced block, basket
patterns have been popular among quilters throughout American quilting
The pattern used in this quilt is known today as a variation of
the “Cactus Basket” pattern and is set diagonally with
the blocks facing each other. This design setting was typical of
utility quilts that were intended for use on beds and not for display
on walls. The thick batting and sparse quilting further indicates
this was a quilt made for daily use. Exposed to light and washed
multiple times, the fabrics used here have aged in different ways.
The sashing remains a strong indigo blue, the red and black combinations
in the bases and the chrome orange squares remain vibrant. The diamonds,
originally deep reddish brown, have faded to varying shades of brown