Quilt of the Month


September 2017

September 2017

Nine-Patch Variation

Maker unknown

Dated 1813

Probably made in New England

Jonathan Holstein Collection, 2003.003.0383

Made in 1813, this quilt illustrates the transition from center medallion to block-style design. The traditional European device of framing successive levels of pattern is combined with the American practice of alternating pieced and un-pieced blocks. The quilt’s central 36-square block was assembled clockwise, around a central four-patch.

This Nine-Patch Variation is on display in Block by Block: American Quilts in the Industrial Age through November 30 in the Peg Coryell Gallery.

In this video, Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey explains what makes this quilt so special: