Quilt of the Month


August 2010

August 2010

4-Patch doll quilt
Maker, location unknown
c. 1830-1860
17.5" x 17.5"
IQSC 2008.034.0188

Bars doll quilt
Maker. Location unknown
c. 1830-1860
17.25" x 17.5"
IQSC 2008.034.0213

Whole Cloth doll quilt
Maker, location unknown
c. 1830-1860
10" x 8"
IQSC 2008.034.0263

One could easily mistake these three doll quilts for full-size quilts. Each of them - a whitework whole cloth quilt, a Bars quilt and a 4-Patch with a chintz border, probably made between 1830 and 1860 - illustrates the style and the fabrics found in quilts that graced family beds of this era. Two are about 17 inches square, while the whitework quilt measures a mere 10 inches by 8 inches.

The 4-Patch quilt is framed on three sides with a floral chintz fabric and is bound in a woven tape binding--the same style and finishing as seen in over-sized chintz quilts. The Bars quilt has corners that are cut out to fit a 4-poster bed frame, as seen often in New England quilts of this era. The whitework quilt's quilting pattern mimics a medallion design that was popular in full-size examples.

All three doll quilts are from the Mary Ghormley Doll Quilt Collection.