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11-37-6560

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project - MassQuilts

Who documented this quilt?

Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, MassQuilts; Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

MASS-Quilts ID#

4694

Museum Accession Number:

OrH# 2249

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public Museum, Library or Institution

Quilt owner:

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Quilt owner's city:

Concord

Quilt owner's state:

Massachusetts (MA)

Quilt owner's county:

Middlesex

Quilt owner's country:

United States

Width:

92.5

Length:

87

Quilt top made by:

Alcott, Abigail May

Quiltmaker's state:

Massachusetts (MA)

Quiltmaker's city:

Concord

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's D.O.B.:

1800

Birthplace, city:

Boston

Birthplace, country:

United States

Occupation:

social worker/ seamstress/ homemaker

Date of death and location:

1877 in Concord, MA.

Spouse's occupation:

teacher/philosopher

# of Children:

4

Quiltmaker's mother's name:

May, Dorothy Sewall

Birthplace and birthdate:

Boston,MA

Quiltmaker's father's name:

May, Joseph

Birthplace and birthdate:

Boston,MA

Anything else known about the quiltmaker (including where quiltmaker lived most of their life and other quilts made)?

possible quiltmaker/ no solid evidence.

How did owner acquire quilt?

Gift

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained.

from descendants of Alcotts

Time period:

1850-1875

Format:

Finished quilt

Technique, piecing:

Hand Piecing

Describe the quilt setting:

strips of triangles 3.5" wide

Shape of edge:

T-cutout

Describe any unusual edge treatment:

Four Poster, 22 drop

Vertical rows, horizontal rows and number of blocks:

25 horizontal rows

Block shape:

Triangles

Block size:

6.5 x 3.5

Fabric fibers:

Cotton

Patterns:

Print

Describe the fibers or fabrics in the quilt top:

plain weave

Predominant colors:

Beige or Tan

Quilting:

Hand quilting

Describe the quilting designs used:

chevrons

Quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

8

If applicable, width between quilting lines:

3/4"

Binding and edging:

Separate binding applied

Binding; fiber:

Cotton

Binding; weave:

Plain weave

Batting:

Wool

Batting thickness:

Thin

Backing, number of pieces:

6

Backing, fiber:

Cotton

Backing, weave and pattern:

badly stained & soiled

Backing, predominant color:

Cream

Condition:

Good/moderate use

Condition, damage:

Dirty

Condition, structurally sound?

This quilt is structurally sound.

Pattern name, no. and source:

112d

Pattern name, variations and comments:

1000 Pyramids

If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date:

1850c

Access and copyright information for image:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Cite this Quilt

Alcott, Abigail Ma. 1000 Pyramids. 1850-1875. From Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project - MassQuilts, Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, MassQuilts; Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=11-37-6560. Accessed: 07/04/22