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Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, or Diamond String quilt
  • United States
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, or Diamond String quilt, circa 1880–1900
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, linen, wool, silk, piecing, twill tape, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 75 9/16 x 69 1/2 in
    Object Length/Width: 191.93 x 176.53 cm
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0048

Many hexagons outlined in dark fabric. The insides of the hexagons are made from different shapes and multicolored/patterned pieces of fabric. Red/maroon trim around the edges. An all-over pattern of 60 degree diamonds that are string pieced with a repeated black strip in the center of each. The pattern is interesting because the black strips pull the design together into what looks like hexagons. String-pieced quilts such as this with black as a neutral tend to be after 1880. The over-all mosaic pattern combines dark cottons, linens, and wool cut in varying shapes. This winter quilt uses a blue-green wool backing.