Petticoat Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 4D-85-5F

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
University of Rhode Island
InstProjNameF003a
Rhode Island Quilt Documentation Project
InstInvContrNumF004
92

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Blood relative of quiltmaker
Quilt owner
SourceOtherF006a
Fifth generation decendant of quiltmaker
DateDataF006b
04/25/1992
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Petticoat Quilt
OverallWidthF12a
100 inches
OverallLengthF012b
93 inches
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
T-cutout
PredomColorsF014
Blue or Navy
Green
OverallColorF14b
Two color
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
DamageF016
Stains
Fading
DateQuiltF023
Timespan
DateBegunF023a
late 1700s
DateFinishF023b
1830s
FamDateF023c
ca. 1830s
DateInfoF023f
Central medallion is a portion of a quilted petticoat that would have been quilted at an earlier date

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center
MedallionF031
39 1/2 inches x 38 1/2 inches

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Wool
Silk
FabPrintF037
Solid/plain
UniqueF037b
Worsted wool
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
EmbellTechF038f
No

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Wool
ColorBackingF040b
White
Blue or Navy
DescBackF043
Back art/design on quilt back
Hand sewn
Solid/plain

Quilt binding

MatUsedF044
Wool
ConstrucBindF046
Front turned to back

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin (Less than 3/16?)

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Stuffed work
Hand quilting
ThrColorF049b
white
NumStitchedF050
13-29 spi in medallion
NumStitchF051
7 spi in border
DesignF052a
Clamshell
DesignF052b
Other
Floral
Vines
DesignF052c
Parallel lines
Grid/crosshatch
DesignF052d
A quilted scene containing several chinoiserie elements including a tree of life, exotic animals and birds and two human figures, one seated in a chair and one in a chariot. Back stitches are used in several areas, causing the images to stand out in relief. The images are easier to see on the reverse side, where the fabric is a darker shade. The quilting on the fabric surrounding the petticoat portion follows a scallop design.

Quilt notes and observations

FeaturesF053
The type of quilting present in the medallion is typical of quilted images found in ladies' petticoats in the late 1700s, meaning this medallion is probably a remnant from that time period. It was then recycled into this larger quilt at a later date.

Quilt provenance

LocMadeF057a
Portsmouth
ProvStateF057d
Rhode Island (RI)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
ProvenanceF058a
Passed down through five generations to the present owner.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Wedding
OtherF060a
Believed to have been made for Almira, possibly by her mother, on the ocassion of her wedding
QDesignF060b
Bedding, daily use
PresUseF062
Keepsake/memento

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Unknown
Old clothes
OthSourceF063a
An old quilted petticoat
TopSourceF064
Public domain/traditional pattern
PattSourceF065
Unknown

Exhibition history of quilt

ExhibitListF067a
"Stitches in Time: Rhode Island Quilts," Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, RI, February 3-June 30, 1994.

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerStateF086
Rhode Island (RI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States

Other source materials available for this quilt

RelItemsF088a
Fig. 102 & 103 Welters, Linda and Margaret Ordonez (eds.), Down by the Old Mill Stream, Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000: pp. 197-200.

Quiltmaker personal information

GenderF098
Female
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States

Image Information

ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Print
OtherSourceF077a
Slide and positive transparency
SourceSizeF078
4" x 6"
DateF079
4
25
1992
CE
photocredit079a1
RIQDP
DigDateF079a
4
2
2009
CE
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Linda Welters
CreditLineF080b
Linda Welters
CopyRestF080c
Linda Welters, University of Rhode Island
DistribRestF080d
Linda Welters
DisplayResF080e
Linda Welters
LicenseF080f
Linda Welters

File Information

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Image - medium display (250-550 pixels)
file_medium
image
file_format
jpeg
Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

data verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Welters, Linda
dateverified
6
3
2009
CE

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