Nearly 400 pieced and appliqued quilts exhibit colorful patterns, geometric designs, and regional variations.

Hand- and machine-stitched quilts display the great skill, ingenuity, and creativity of their makers. Examples include pre-Civil War, Amish, African American, Log Cabin, Red and White, Charm, and Album quilts, as well as a linsey-woolsey quilt from around 1800.

Highlights

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Pineapple Quilt

20th Century
Hawaii

An interesting mix of cultures, these quilts employs applique to depict the local flora in one or two colors on an off-white or cream background.

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Log Cabin Quilt, Civil War Barn Raising

c. 1865
U.S.A.

Log Cabin quilt designs begin with a center square, then strips are sewn in sequence around the sides of the square, varying the values between light and dark.

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New York Beauty Quilt

c. 1845
U.S.A.

This quilt is made from little scraps of fabric, requiring expert sewing skills by its maker because of the many small stitches and the intricate saw tooth outlines.

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Child's Bed Quilt

1920s
U.S.A.

Made for a child’s bed, this quilt is a variation on the Log Cabin pattern.

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Jacquard Coverlet

1848
U.S.A.

This coverlet has two signature blocks, both reading “Wove in Logan Co. Ohio by I.M. 1848.”

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Red and White Quilt Top

1911
U.S.A.

Red and white has been a classic color scheme for American quilts since the 19th century.

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In 2012, an antique quilt collection was donated to the Museum by Pat L. Nickols. Search through 350 quilts including early (pre-1850), charm, signature, string, log cabin, feed sack and baby quilts.

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