Tree of Life Quilt

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Description

Machine-pieced blocks (11½ in square) with pine tree design are set on point and alternate with plain white blocks.

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Machine-pieced blocks (11½ in square) with pine tree design are set on point and alternate with plain white blocks. Four alternating borders (each 1 in wide) of red and white cotton surround the quilt. Backed with white cotton and bound in red cotton. Hand-quilted with scallop filler on pine tree blocks, feather wreath design on plain blocks and diamonds in borders.

The Pine Tree pattern is one of the earliest pieced patterns to have survived unaltered through the centuries. The precise piecing of the blocks has ensured that all of the triangle points are visible. The blocks have been set on point, placing the trees upright on the quilt rather than on a diagonal. Feather wreaths with diamond filling have been quilted in the plain white blocks between the trees.

The huge forests of the New World may also have inspired tree designs in quilts. The pine tree is a symbol of the forests of New England, which provided tall masts for the king’s ships. The importance of the pines to early settlers is demonstrated by the ‘pine tree shilling’, one of the first coins struck in the Colonies.

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Dated

From 1875 (after) to 1899 (before)

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Materials

» cotton (textile)

Technique

» quilting
» piecing
» machine sewing (technique)
» hand sewing
» patchwork

Production place

» Pennsylvania

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

203x196cm

Object number

1962.15

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