Quilt of the Month


January 2004

January 2004

Pinwheel
Maker Unknown
Made in the United States
c. 1880-1900
89.5" x 77"
IQSC 1997.007.0452
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.