This early example of a “show” bedcover is not quilted but features extensive appliqué and embroidery. A fine wool was used for the body of the textile, while the use of silk was limited to the decorative designs, probably because of the relative scarcity and high price of this material at the time.
Elizabeth V. Warren, "Appliqued and Embroidered Pictorial Bedcover," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Elizabeth V. Warren, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.