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Philopena quilt block, or The Philippines quilt block
  • Carrie A. Hall
    born: Caledonia, Wisconsin, United States ; died: North Platte, Nebraska, United States
  • Philopena quilt block, or The Philippines quilt block, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton
  • Gift of Carrie A. Hall
  • Not on display
  • 1938.0231

White background. Dark patterned diamond outline in center with blue diamonds in the corners. Each side of the diamond has a triangle made from small white and dark patterned triangles.

A Philopena is a present or gift made as a forfeit in a social game. Commonly a person finding a nut with two kernels eats one and gives the other to a person of the opposite sex, and then one gives the other a present upon the happening of a condition agreed upon, as being last to say Philopena at their next meeting, or being the first to say yes or no in reply to the other.