: The history of this quilt is unknown but its style and construction give clues to its age and purpose. Its importance comes not only from its exquisite workmanship of quilting but it is also an example of adaptive re-use of garments. This quilt was originally a quilted petticoat that would have been worn under a skirt. At the time the petticoat was made, the overskirt was often fashioned to reveal the petticoat. Later the petticoat side seams were undone and the pieces resewn to each other at the hem line. In looking at the piece the waistline seems to be at the top and bottom of the quilt. The quilting pattern has concentric circles throughout the upper portion and fantastic animals of artistic creation, deer, lions, birds/chicken and flowers and vines in the bottom portion. The top is a solid tan (grayish-green) wool fabric and the back has wool fabrics in three different blue and natural stripes, later patched with solid tan wool. The light brown binding is only on the two sides; the top and bottom have no binding (formerly the waist), but one piece has a soft wool strip attached. The batting is wool. Quilting is done in parallel lines throughout. The size is 120cm x 172cm (47 x 67 ½ inches). View on Ohio Memory.
: Om3517_6643269_001 Subjects
: Ohio Women; Daily Life; Quilts Places
: Wholecloth quilt