Fan Quilt

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Description

Fan quilts were popular during the late nineteenth century; they provided the perfect way to showcase beautiful silk fabrics and embroidery skills.

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Fan quilts were popular during the late nineteenth century; they provided the perfect way to showcase beautiful silk fabrics and embroidery skills. The fans in these 84 blocks have been pieced from scraps of silk ties. The seams of each fan have been concealed with delicate embroidery stitches, adding another element of decoration. Interestingly the quilt maker, Janet Marshall, has added two rows of red and black ribbon frill to all edges of the quilt. Because of the level of detail already present in the quilt, Janet has elected to tie the layers of the quilt together, securing the red silk backing to the pieced front.

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Dated

From 1845 (circa) to 1855 (circa)

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Materials

» silk (textile)
» ribbon (material)

Technique

» patchwork
» piecing
» embroidering
» tying
» sewing (needleworking technique)

Production place

» Michigan

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

62x61inch

Object number

1993.164

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