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L2010.42.12
L2010.42.12
Strip Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania
L2010.42.12
L2010.42.12
Strip Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania

Strip Quilt, about 1890
Cottons
Probably Pennsylvania
76 x 80 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.12

Entirely pieced from strips and triangles, this quilt manages to be both precise and random at the same time. As such, it illustrates one of the fundamental principles of human material expression: the ability to innovate within the confines of established norms or traditions. Here, the quilter was limited by accepted practices of late nineteenth-century quilting including the use of a rectilinear format, the preference for a grid-like arrangement of elements, and the emphasis on symmetrical patterns. Though bound by these constraints, the quilt maker still avoided the use of a familiar pattern and, by using multiple fabrics, introduced an unpredictable vitality to her work.

 
 
 


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