Trip Around the World Quilt

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Description

One-inch squares, set on point, arranged in bands to form Trip around the World pattern.

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One-inch squares, set on point, arranged in bands to form Trip around the World pattern. Squares cut from multicoloured patterned cottons and machine-pieced. Filled with light wadding and backed with green cotton. Each square has been hand-quilted a quarter of an inch from its edge. Bound with cream cotton.

Each tiny square has been machine-pieced together to ensure that the colours run in regimented lines. This quilt showcases the delicately printed cottons available in the early decades of the twentieth century. The finesse of this quilt – decorated with simple outline quilting – is the precision piecing of these brightly coloured fabrics.

This quilt was made by an unknown quilter and given to Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1941 she gave this quilt to her eldest grandson, who used it on his bed. Nicknamed ‘Buzzy’ by the press, President Roosevelt’s grandson lived in the White House for several years. Buzzy and his sister (nicknamed ‘Sistie’) were well known to the public as they were often in attendance at the President’s breakfast meetings, where he would play with them between reviewing policies. They were known as ‘the first grandchildren’.

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Dated

From 1930 (circa) to 1939 (circa)

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Materials

» cotton (textile)

Technique

» piecing
» quilting
» hand sewing
» patchwork

Production place

» United States of America

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

198x191cm

Object number

1992.154

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