Handed down through generations of the Tinker family from Henrietta, New York, this whole-cloth quilt dates to 1799. Popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries, whole-cloth quilts were made from only a few large pieces of cloth seamed together, or even from a single piece of cloth, instead of many smaller quilt blocks. Puffy sections of quilting, or trapunto, raised with additional stuffing, produced a three-dimensional shape. This quilt, typical of that style, features an intricate floral-and-heart pattern that reflects the talents of a skilled seamstress. Light reflecting off the worsted-wool background highlights the elaborate designs. Imported from England, wool that was "worsted," or glazed with heat and pressure from rollers, was the most common whole-cloth quilt fabric. "Linsey-woolsey," a homespun blend of linen and wool, was a less-expensive alternative to worsted wool. More precious than other bedcovers because of the labor required to make them, quilts were treasured and passed on through families for hundreds of years.

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  • Title: Quilt
  • Date Created: 1799
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: wedding
  • Type: Hobbies and Crafts
  • Medium: wool, quilted, linen
  • Object ID: 80.76