Made in the United States
89.5" x 77"
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Indigo Gives America the Blues Exhibition
Pinwheel blocks of various blue calicoes and a solid white fabric create movement in this turn-of-the-century quilt. The direction of the pinwheel blocks is not consistent; seven of the fifty-six pinwheels spin in the opposite direction from the others.
A total of sixteen blue calico fabrics are used in this quilt, indicating that indigo cotton prints were abundantly available by the end of the 19th century. The maker may have saved the remnants of previous dressmaking projects for use in this Pinwheel quilt.