Trees & Wreath
Shankweiler (American), Mrs. John V.
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Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Appliqued Cotton/Polyester Kit. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: Kit quilts emerged in the 20th century, coinciding with the age of mass production and popular ladies and home magazines. They were marketed as a solution to help women save time in their busy lives. There were several popular designers whose patterns were distributed by companies such as Sears, Good Housekeeping, The Practical Patchwork Company, and the Ladies Art Company. Often, the kits were applique patterns or cross-stitch quilts. The kits came as cloth with pre-stamped lines. Popular motifs included floral designs, colonial revivalist designs and scalloped borders. (Source consulted: Womenfolk.com: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/kit-quilts.htm) This is a kit quilt. The quilting lines and the pattern lines on the applique pieces are still visible. There are nine blocks that are made in three panels in alternating blocks of flowers, wreaths and trees. The quilt is made of green calico, shades of green with brown and orange solid color fabrics. There is a sawtooth inner border and a scalloped outer border. The quilting in the panels follows the pattern. In addition, there are quilted rays in the wreath panels and a grid quilting pattern in the tree panels. The border has a tree design quilting pattern. The fabric on the back of the quilt is white. Exhibition History: Rothman Gallery, F&M College, Winter 1992-1993, 1995, 1996, 1997. Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades.
80 x 96 inches