Many decorative items, including quilts, made during the Colonial Revival era were loosely inspired by historical objects. At times, designers assigned names that evoked American history to entirely contemporary designs. This demonstrates how far people stretched the concept of “colonial” to serve their purposes.
The Colonial Belle quilt depicts women dressed more similarly to 1830s French fashion than to fashions worn by American women before the Revolution. The Covered Wagon States quilt recalls settlement and colonization of the Northern Great Plains by Euro-Americans, a mass continental migration pattern that continued more than 100 years after the end of the American Colonial era.
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