February, 2008


Maker unknown

Circa 1925-1935
Possibly made in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Ardis and Robert James Collection, 1997.007.0796

In early anticipation of spring we present to you, in lieu of a Valentine, this beautiful bouquet quilt. Sometime between 1925 and 1935 an unknown quiltmaker carefully constructed the top for this quilt following a design most likely from a pattern or a kit. The pansies, irises, poppies, and bow-knotted ribbons were cut from bright cottons and hand appliquéd onto a broadcloth surface. Hand quilting and a bias applied binding, finish the piece.

As the United States entered the 20th century, a current of reverence and nostalgia for the long past colonial period swept the national consciousness. This phenomenon resulted in the construction of many quilts, like this one, that incorporate design elements associated with colonial America. The designer of this kit or pattern captured the national sentiment for colonial times and through distribution in a magazine or on the shelves of a general store, shared it with a wide ranging portion of the population.