King's Crown Variation
80 1/2" x 92"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by the
Eighteenth-century quilts, whether pieced or appliqued, were often
designed in either a medallion or vertical style. The setting of
this quilt shows the progression to the block style that occurred
early in the nineteenth century. The large triangles on the outer
edges are appliqued in a tiny, stair-step variation. The clever
use of scraps disguises some of the seams needed to complete the
top. A few of the cotton fabrics used in this quilt were manufactured
before 1830, but most were made after that date The green quilt
block is an excellent example of the overdyed greens, typical for
this time. The quilt also contains an ombre, a fabric that has subtle
shading in its background. Some of the many purple fabrics have
faded to brown, while others have maintained their color well.
By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.