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Nine Patch and Diagonal Cross

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QUILT INDEX RECORD

20-16-1504

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives

Who documented this quilt?

The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Inc.

The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey Documentation Number:

55-056-01

Person filling out this form is:

Quilt owner

When was the form filled out?

11/03/1990

If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?

Purchased the quilt

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt's title:

Nine Patch and Diagonal Cross

How wide is the quilt?

93 inches

How long is the quilt?

108 inches

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

What color is the quilt?

Pink; Purple

Overall color scheme:

Multicolor

Quilt's condition:

Fair/worn

Damage:

Disintegration of fabric

Repairs:

Patched with new fabrics

Type of inscription:

Date; Message; Multiple Names

What is inscribed on the quilt?

Place names include Philadelphia and Mount Holly.Family names of Stratton family.Inscriptions in the form of advice.May 22, 1841Caroline StrattonSarah W. Smith 

Method used to make the inscription:

Ink

Describe where the inscription was found:

May have HQPNJ label on back

Time period:

1800-1849

Date estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser:

1841

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Erickson, Rita

Describe the quilt's layout:

Block pattern

Number of quilt blocks:

255

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Spacing of quilt blocks:

Side by side

Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:

two

What is the shape of the quilt blocks?

Squares

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Silk

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Plaid; Solid/plain; Striped

Can you feel or see paper on the quilt that was used as a construction aid?

no

Materials used to make the back:

Silk

What color is the back of the quilt?

Beige or Tan

Describe the back:

Same fabric used throughout

How is the binding made?

Woven tape

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Cannot tell

How thick is the quilt?

Thin (Less than 3/16?)

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

fine

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Outline

Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:

Rated 4 (excellent) on HQPNJ' scale for visual effect. This fascinating quilt is signed and dated, mostly with the family name of Stratton. Place names include Philadelphia and Mount Holly, New Jersey. It is unusual to find an inscribed silk quilt from this era. The inscriptions seem to be in the form of advice. One says "Time is the way of life, he said, oh tell the young, the gay, the fair to weave it well". Another reads "Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise". The quilt is bound with tape. Repairs near the edges are of modern silk.

Quilt top made by:

Unknown, quilter

Quilted by:

unknown, quilter

Where the quilt was made, city:

Philadelphia

Where the quilt was made, state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Purchase

Tell the story of how the quilt was obtained:

Quilt was purchased by Mrs. Elsie Pye and is now owned by a friend of Mrs. Pye. 

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

Additional documentation, in paper form, filed in repository.

Where did the maker find their pattern?

Unknown

Related items such as diaries, obituaries, wills, household inventories, or pictures of the quiltmaker:

Quilt was published in HQPNJ's related book "New Jersey Quilts - 1777 to 1950" on page 100.

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Who photographed this quilt?

Barbara Schaffer

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Inc.

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Cite this Quilt

Unknown, quilte. Nine Patch and Diagonal Cross. 1800-1849. From Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives, The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Inc.. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=20-16-1504. Accessed: 03/02/24