Chalice Quilt

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Description

This quilt was made by slaves on the Mimosa Hall Plantation in Marshall Texas for the use of the Anglican bishop of New Orleans.

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This quilt was made by slaves on the Mimosa Hall Plantation in Marshall Texas for the use of the Anglican bishop of New Orleans. Each year the bishop would tour the region’s cotton plantations to perform baptisms and marriages. After his departure, quilts made for his visit were given over for slave use.

Hand-quilted semi-circles cover the surface of the quilt. Those in the centre are smaller where they have been squeezed into the remaining space. Three pieces of machine-stitched red and white striped cotton form the backing. This has been folded around the edges and stitched to the front of the quilt to create the binding.

'I remember seeing the Chalice Quilt on the back cover of the exhibition catalogue… I loved the bold crimson colour and simple design. I could feel the quiet reverence conveyed by the fabrics.' Kyra E. Hicks, quilter and quilt historian

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Dated

From 1855 (circa) to 1865 (circa)

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Materials

» cotton (textile)

Technique

» quilting
» piecing
» sewing (needleworking technique)

Production place

» Marshall, Texas

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

221x191cm

Object number

1983.172

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