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Catalog Number 1975.142.015
Description Basket Quilt, n.d.. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted cotton basket quilt. 48 blue baskets of various calico prints are on a white ground. Baskets are 6.75" x 5.375" and are comprised six small half-square triangles for the handle, one large half-square triangle for the bowl and two small half-square triangles for the base. Blocks are sewn on point with white blocks between each and a white 8" border all around with mitered corners. White backing matches the front. 1/4" binding all around is also of the same white material. A 5.75" white cotton/polyester sleeve has been affixed to the back top for hanging.
Object Name Quilt, Bed
Collection 3D - Bedding
Title Basket Quilt, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "F765" (printed on top right corner of back of quilt)
Notes "This typical basket pattern may have developed from the earlier method of quilting known as Broderie Perse, from the French for "Persian Embroidery." Broderie Perse quilts feature motifs cut from printed chintz that are then arranged and appliqu├ęd onto a solid fabric. Baskets were popular motifs in these quilts and the pieced basket pattern may have been adapted from them. The earliest dated pieced basket quilt is from 1855. Ethel King Bates, the donor's maternal grandmother, made this basket quilt for Marjorie Bates, her daughter and the donor's aunt."
[ 10/6/2016]
Dimensions H-88.5 W-71.75 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Baskets
Subjects Quilts