ca. 1930

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Looking as if it were pieced in the 19th century but actually made around 1930, this quilt with a snowflake pattern typifies the Colonial Revival movement in the United States. Overwhelmed by early 20th century technology and progress and then the Great Depression, Americans looked back to simpler times for inspiration. This new respect for American history, although somewhat romanticized, materialized in architecture and home decoration, especially quilts. Traditional cotton and wool patchwork quilts, like those made by many women's great-grandmothers, gained new popularity. Straightforward patchwork, unadorned fabrics, and plain backgrounds characterized the quilts. Magazines promoted old-school patterns but also catered to a modern audience as they sold pre-stamped and iron-on designs for busy housewives. This quilt top, made at home but finished by a professional quilter, illustrates the trend.

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  • Title: Quilt
  • Date Created: ca. 1930
  • Location: USA
  • Type: Hobbies and Crafts
  • Medium: cotton, pieced, quilted
  • Object ID: 80.347
  • Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth F. Cheney