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Nine-Patch Star quilt
  • United States
  • Nine-Patch Star quilt, circa 1880–1910
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, appliqué, piecing, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 76 3/4 x 77 in
    Object Length/Width: 194.94 x 195.58 cm
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0911

Machine sewn quilt in turkey red with white reverse appliqué. White, 8-pointed stars on top of small red squares. Red border with a white square in each corner. White stars with red borders make this unusual design. They are arranged diagonally as a nine-patch, giving the further illusion of white crosses. This quilt shows the early use of the sewing machine in quilting.