Ocean Waves Quilt by Susan McCord, circa 1880

Summary

Susan McCord was an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making. This Ocean Waves quilt pattern was well-known in the late 19th century. But in McCord's hands the design is breathtakingly executed, formed of hundreds of tiny half-inch triangles cut from printed cotton fabrics. McCord finished the borders of this quilt with her unique meandering vines with colorful pieced leaves.

Susan McCord was an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making. This Ocean Waves quilt pattern was well-known in the late 19th century. But in McCord's hands the design is breathtakingly executed, formed of hundreds of tiny half-inch triangles cut from printed cotton fabrics. McCord finished the borders of this quilt with her unique meandering vines with colorful pieced leaves.

Artifact

Quilt

Date Made

circa 1880

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

73.120.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Calico
Batting

Technique

Applique (Technique)
Piecing
Quilting
Hand sewing
Roller printing (Printmaking)

Color

Multicolored
Pink (Color)
White (Color)
Green

Dimensions

Height: 76.5 in

Width: 70 in

Inscriptions

Mrs. C. M. Cannady

Specifications

Pattern: Ocean Waves with a Vine Border

Number of Pieces (top): 55 squares; 21 half-squares; 2 quarter squares

Fabric (top): Roller printed cotton calicoes, seaweed or parsley print

Piecing Technique: Hand pieced and hand appliqued

Number of Pieces (back): 3

Fabric (back): Cotton muslin

Stitches per Inch: 8-10

Quilting Pattern: Squares quilted with single flower design; rows of small triangles quilted straight line, cream triangles quilted in crosshatch pattern, vines and leaves outline quilted with background of crosshatch squares, outer border quilted with a larger diamond pattern.

Quilting Technique: Hand quilted

Binding: Turned in

Batting: Thin cotton batting with milling debris

Note(s):

Portrait of Green McCord and Susan McCord, circa 1...

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Susan McCord and Family at the McCord Farm, circa ...

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