Sunday School Picnic Quilt

A work made of appliquéd, pieced and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton, linen and rayon plain, twill, satin and patterned weave fabrics; cotton, silk and rayon embroidery fabrics; plastic liberty bell charm.

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  • A work made of appliquéd, pieced and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton, linen and rayon plain, twill, satin and patterned weave fabrics; cotton, silk and rayon embroidery fabrics; plastic liberty bell charm.

Date:

1932

Artist:

Jennie C. (née Achenbach) Trein (American, 1879–1977)
United States, Pennsylvania, Nazareth

About this artwork

Jennie Trein, an accomplished quilt maker who reportedly made over one hundred quilts, designed this one to commemorate the collected memories of many a Sunday picnic. In a compression of time and space that mirrors the nature of memory, the quilt depicts both recurring and singular events as happening simultaneously. For example, in the border of the quilt, at top right, Trein depicts herself with her small twin daughters en route to the picnic, but in the central picnic scene, she illustrates one of her daughters as an adult, dressed in her nurse's uniform and with a dog on a leash. Similarly, the young couple hiding behind the cabin is also shown eloping on horseback off in the distance.
Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, October 20, 2017-April 1, 2018

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Artist

Jennie C. Trein

Title

Sunday School Picnic Quilt

Origin

Pennsylvania

Date

1932

Medium

Appliquéd, pieced and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton, linen and rayon plain, twill, satin and patterned weave fabrics; cotton, silk and rayon embroidery fabrics; plastic liberty bell charm

Dimensions

214 x 213.2 cm (84 1/4 x 84 in.)

Credit Line

Robert Allerton and The Christa C. Mayer Thurman Textile Endowments

Reference Number

2001.450

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