Blue and white became a popular color combination for both pieced and appliquéd quilts around 1840. It was an especially favored choice for quilt tops made in the Feathered Star pattern, many of which, like this example, included elaborate borders. This combination of blue and white, a pieced geometric center, and a pictorial border has been related by some quilt historians to the influence of woven coverlets on quiltmakers. In the mid-nineteenth century, indigo blue was a widely available colorfast dye, a fact that contributed to the popularity of the blue and white color scheme.
Elizabeth V. Warren, "ECB Feathered Stars Quilt," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Elizabeth V. Warren, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.