Delicate plum blossoms sway gracefully on curving branches in this appliqué quilt. Because plum blossoms bloom in the harsh winter months, they are a traditional Chinese and Japanese symbol of strength, longevity, and rejuvenation. These plum blossoms hang asymmetrically—in a typically Japanese fashion—while the ordered setting of the blossoms in rows and columns reflects the Chinese preference for formal balance. The Art Deco-style borders are closely related to traditional Chinese “fretwork” patterns, or geometric linear background designs. The overall design of this quilt reflects America’s early twentieth-century passion for Asian-inspired interior furnishings.