Quilt of the Month


August 2006

August 2006

Feathered Star
Made by Mary Caroline Olds
Made in DeKalb County, Indiana
c. 1900
78" x 78"
IQSC 1997.007.0172
Perfecting the Past: Colonial Revival Quilts Exhibition

A new taste in decorating developed at the turn of the century calling for interiors that were light, clean, and spacious--the direct opposite of Victorian decor which had been dark and cluttered. The Ladies' Home Journal in 1894 declared that "a revival of patchwork quilts is at hand" and advised women to make quilts to use as part of this new "colonial" style. Mary Caroline Olds most likely created her Feathered Star quilt for the marriage of her youngest son Arthur in 1895. The blue and white color scheme is reminiscent of the woven coverlets often found in nineteenth-century homes.