January, 2009


Maker unknown, quilted initials "A A M"

Circa 1850-1870
Probably made in the United States
Ardis and Robert James Collection, 1997.007.0757

Exceptional quilting distinguishes this quilt. Quiltmakers who prefer quilting to piecing will find stripes pleasantly suited to their desire for a striking, yet simple-to-make canvas upon which to showcase their fine quilting stitches.

The subtle, architectural stripes in this quilt call to mind the carved marble pillars that support ancient buildings like the Parthenon. Stripes in architecture can take many forms. Another striking example is the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. Red and white bricks are used in the arches that support the roof. The result is a dramatic ceiling surface reminiscent of candy-stripes.