Chintz Pillar Print

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Chintz Pillar Print, 1831

Abigail Kelly Evans

Dearmanville, Calhoun County

Cotton

ADAH #93.109.2

 

The Chintz Pillar Print quilt made by Abigail Kelly Evans in 1831 was made with whole cloth as a top. The fabric is printed with a repeating pattern of columns and sprays of flowers. While the fabric itself is beautiful, the interest in this quilt is imparted by the quilter’s having essentially outlined the entire design with stitching, reproducing the pattern on the back of the quilt. The use of whole cloth suggests that the maker had sufficient resources to purchase a large piece of what would have been expensive fabric, and sufficient disposable time to execute the elaborate quilting. Pillar prints became popular in America between 1800 and 1830, and were often printed using a roller print process. The designs for these prints reflected the classical architecture of Greece and Rome with fluted columns, ornate capitals, and garlands of flowers.

 

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Chintz Pillar Print Quilt
Chintz Pillar Print Quilt

Chintz Pillar Print Quilt from the ADAH

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Chintz Pillar Print Quilt
Chintz Pillar Print Quilt

Chintz Pillar Print Quilt from the ADAH

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