Vine Quilt by Susan McCord, 1880-1890

Summary

Indiana farmwife Susan McCord made this stunningly beautiful quilt -- indisputably her masterpiece. This trailing vine design is a McCord original. McCord pieced together printed and solid cotton fabric scraps to create the over 300 leaves on each of the thirteen vine panels. McCord used variations of this vine in the borders of several quilts. But McCord's vine design is rendered to perfection in this work of genius.

Indiana farmwife Susan McCord made this stunningly beautiful quilt -- indisputably her masterpiece. This trailing vine design is a McCord original. McCord pieced together printed and solid cotton fabric scraps to create the over 300 leaves on each of the thirteen vine panels. McCord used variations of this vine in the borders of several quilts. But McCord's vine design is rendered to perfection in this work of genius.

Artifact

Quilt

Date Made

1880-1890

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

72.140.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Calico
Muslin
Batting

Technique

Applique (Technique)
Piecing
Quilting
Hand sewing

Color

Multicolored
Pink (Color)
White (Color)
Green
Red

Dimensions

Height: 80.5 in

Width: 75.5 in

Specifications

Pattern: Vine

Number of Pieces (top): Not noted

Fabric (top): Printed cottons, florals, plaids, stripes, solids, cotton calicos

Piecing Technique: Hand pieced; appplique

Number of Pieces (back): Not noted

Fabric (back): Muslin

Stitches per Inch: 9-10

Quilting Pattern: Outline or self quilting; diamonds

Quilting Technique: Hand quilted

Binding: Turned in

Batting: Cotton batting

Note(s): "Vine" pattern is made of rhythmically undulating vines of a green printed cotton with leaves pieced of many different fabrics; the pattern is a one of a kind, unique design

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