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Quilts were the most colorful bed coverings of the 19th century and were valued for their color and quilting designs as well as for the warmth they gave. A quilt is made of three layers of cloth - a top and a backing with a filling of cotton or wool. The 3 are sewn together, often in fancy patterns. The number of patterns doubled between 1825 and 1850. Today there are more than 4000 patterns, 20 times more than in 1850.


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Rising Star Quilt

date   c. 1850
location   Massachusetts
height   92.0"
width   99.0"
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1991.21.02

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