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"ECB" Feathered Stars Quilt
Artist unidentified ; pieced initials "ECB"

Location: Possibly New York State, United States

Date: 1850–1860

Materials: Cotton

Dimensions: 95 1/2 × 76 1/2"

Credit: Gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson

Accession Number: 1985.36.1

Photo credit: Matt Hoebermann

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Description

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.


"ECB" Feathered Stars Quilt
Date: 1850–1860
Artist:
Dimensions: 95 1/2 × 76 1/2"
Materials: Cotton
Credit Line: Gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson
Place/Region: United States
Description:
Accession Number: 1985.36.1
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