Quilt of the Month


July 2004

July 2004

Signature Quilt
Maker unknown (Multiple names inscribed on quilt)
Probably made in Delaware County, New York
Dated 1846-1849
95.5" x 79.5"
IQSC 1997.007.0927
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

Friendship and Signature quilts commemorated the relationships being left behind as women departed for the West, possibly never to see family and friends again. Many of these types of quilts were treasured as mementos of their former lives. Both the 1840s craze for autograph albums and the invention of indelible ink in the same decade contributed to the popularity of this style of quilt.