the powell quilt
Alabama Department of Archives and History
The Powell Quilt, ca. 1890s-1910
Unknown American maker
The materials in the hand-stitched woolen Powell Quilt appear to have been fabrics originally used as men’s suiting. Since clothing wears very selectively, and fashion also dictates its useful lifespan, old men’s suits, for example, would be a ready source of material existing in a household. The top’s simple bar pattern (a variant of a strip quilt) was quilted on the diagonal in a pattern sometimes called Baptist Fan. The fabrics used suggest that it probably dates from between the 1890s and 1910.
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