73" x 89"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by MSU
This bar quilt made from English chintz is one of the earliest quilts
in the Michigan State University Museum collection. These fabrics,
manufactured for home furnishings, have all the indicators of early
block-printing techniques; poor registration, overlapping dyes,
and pin registration marks. The blue and pink fabrics, with tiny
dots in the background called "picotage," appear to be
the same design, printed two ways. The large fabric pieces showcase
floral, bird, and fruit designs. Starting with tan fabrics in the
center, then blue on both sides, then yellow, tan and finally pink,
the maker tried to use colors to mimic the vertical composition
of the fabrics that were popular during this period. A handwritten
label sewn in the upper right corner of the quilt reads "Mrs.
C. E. Low, 35 Grace, Ct." and appears to be an inventory label,
rather than a maker's signature. The quilt is tacked, not quilted.
By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum