About This Artwork

United States

Bedcover (Cockscomb, Rose Tree and Pineapple Quilt), c. 1840

Cotton, plain weave; appliquéd with cotton, plain weave, printed; backed with cotton, plain weave; quilted
218.9 x 195.4 cm (85 1/2 x 76 7/8 in.)

Gift of Emma B. Hodge, 1919.531

The increased availability of less costly fabrics during the early 19th century expanded the appliqué quilt tradition beyond the upper classes, who were the only ones who could previously afford the expensive fabric associated with this type of textile. The popularity of appliquéd quilts started around the 1840s and continued over the next few decades. Although appliquéd quilts often used repeated patterns laid out on a grid pattern, appliqué offered the maker the freedom and ability to create narrative and pictorial images, not easily achieved in pieced quilts often made from remnants of saved fabric.

— Gallery rotation label, Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework and Textiles, 1776-1840, July 12th, 2012-November 11th, 2012

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