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QUILT INDEX RECORD

16-12-144

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

DAR Museum

Who documented this quilt?

DAR Museum; Permanent Collection

DAR Number:

84.89.1

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt's title:

Wholecloth

Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Tree of Life

How wide is the quilt?

90 inches

How long is the quilt?

95 inches

Shape of edge:

Straight

What color is the quilt?

Brown; Green; Yellow; Pink; Cream

Overall color scheme:

Multicolor

Quilt's condition:

Poor/very worn

Notes on condition, damage, or repairs:

Textiles in top date from 1790's. Backing and quilting were added mid 19th century.

Type of inscription:

Initials

What is inscribed on the quilt?

M. Peck -ham

Method used to make the inscription:

Ink

Location of inscription:

on back

Describe where the inscription was found:

top corner

Time period:

Pre-1799

When was the quilt finished?

circa 1840

Describe the quilt's layout:

Wholecloth

Subject of the quilt:

Tree of Life

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Print

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

What color is the back of the quilt?

White

Number of pieces of fabric in the quilt back:

3

Width of pieces on the back:

28 1/2, 33, 32

Describe the back:

Same fabric used throughout

Materials used in the quilt binding:

Cotton

How is the binding made?

Woven tape

What is the width of the binding (measure on the top only)?

less than a half inch

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Cotton

How thick is the quilt?

Thin (Less than 3/16?)

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Thread type used for the quilting:

cotton

Color of thread used in the quilting:

white

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

11

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 2:

10

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Single parallel lines

Quilting designs used, decorative motifs:

Other

Describe the quilting designs used:

circles, squares.

Quilt top made by:

Sill, Mary

Where the quilt was made, city:

Old Lyme

Where the quilt was made, state:

Connecticut (CT)

Where the quilt was made, country:

USA

Describe anything about the history of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field:

Donor states quilt was made from bed curtain owned by Mehitable Mather [Born November 14, 1774] of Old Lyme, Connecticut, by her daughter Mary Sill [born January 26, 1812]. Printed textile dates from 1790's, lining and quilting added mid 19th century. Mehitable Mather was the daughter of Samuel and Lois Mather, also of Old Lyme. On November 6, 1799 Mehitable married Captain Thomas Sill. Mary was the seventh of their eight children. The quilt was brought to Hawaii by descendants and donated to the DAR by the Aloha chapter.

Why was the quilt made?

Unknown

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public-Other

Quilt owner's name:

DAR Museum

Quilt owner's city:

Washington, DC

Quilt owner's state:

Washington D.C.

Quilt owner's country:

USA

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

DAR Museum

Cite this Quilt

Sill, Mar. Wholecloth. circa 1840. From DAR Museum, DAR Museum; Permanent Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=16-12-144. Accessed: 02/07/23