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L2010.42.7
L2010.42.7
Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Western Illinois, McDonough County area
L2010.42.7
L2010.42.7
Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Western Illinois, McDonough County area
L2010.42.7
L2010.42.7
Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Western Illinois, McDonough County area
L2010.42.7
L2010.42.7
Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Western Illinois, McDonough County area
L2010.42.7
L2010.42.7
Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Western Illinois, McDonough County area

Rachel L. Sutherland, Isabella McCoy, and others
(American, dates unknown)
Album Quilt Top, 1859
Cottons
Western Illinois, McDonough County area
67 x 67 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller


Album quilts like this illustrate the social role of quilts and quilt making. The quilt top, made around 1859, is appliquéd with thirty-six different images of stylized flowers and plants. Many are initialed and a few are signed, creating an album of autographed art work, hence the name "album" or "signature quilt." An album quilt physically embodied the web of friends and kin--the ones who made and/or signed the quilt blocks--that surrounded the quilt's recipient. As such, album quilts were often made as mementos for those about to be married, about to move away, or in honor of other major life events. The album quilt emerged in the Mid-Atlantic States and quickly migrated westward.

 
 
 


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