Beginning in the 1820s quiltmakers turned almost exclusively to a center medallion format featuring wreaths or floral bouquets gathered in baskets or vases. The center designs are surrounded by borders comprised of strips of chintz fabric or pieced blocks.
A distinctive style of cut-out chintz appliqué quilt emerged in North Carolina and South Carolina during the late 1820s and 1830s. The quilts were constructed from pre-printed panels made specifically for use in quilts and home furnishings. The panels included a single large-scale design for the center field and a series of smaller coordinating motifs that could be spread over the quilt’s background.
Click images below to view larger and read more information about some of the quilts included in the exhibit.