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QUILT INDEX RECORD

20-16-749

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:

31-017-01

Person filling out this form is:

Quilt owner

When was the form filled out?

08/19/1989

Choose the best description of the source to the quilt:

Quilt owner

Describe the relationship to the quilt's maker:

Quilt belonged to husband's family

This is a:

Finished quilt

Quilt's title:

Presidents Medallion

Owner's name for quilt:

President's Quilt

Names for quilt's pattern in common use:

Chintz Sampler Medallion

How wide is the quilt?

85 inches

How long is the quilt?

88 1/2 inches

Shape of edge:

Straight

Shape of corners:

Straight

What color is the quilt?

Brown; Red

Overall color scheme:

Multicolor

Quilt's condition:

Excellent/like new

Damage:

Stains

Describe the damage:

some stains on front, noticable stains on back

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:

1830's

Who estimated the quilt's date?

Schaffer, Barbara

Describe the quilt's layout:

Medallion or framed center

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

On point or rotated on 45 degrees

Number of different block patterns used in the quilt:

many

What is the shape of the quilt blocks?

Sampler

Fiber types used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Fabric types used to make the quilt top:

Chintz; Glazed

Fabric styles used in the quilt top:

Checked; Floral; Geometric; Multiple scrap; Paisley; Plaid; Print; Solid/plain; Striped

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Hand Applique

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

Describe the back:

Same fabric used throughout

Materials used in the quilt binding:

Cotton

How is the binding made?

Back turned to front

What kind of filling is used in the quilt?

Cotton

How thick is the quilt?

Medium (3/16?)

How are the layers held together?

Hand quilting

Number of quilting stitches per inch, place 1:

8 & 10, possibly quilted by more than one person,

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

Outline; Single parallel lines; Other

Describe the quilting designs used:

There is some free form quilting. Quilt was possibly quilted by more than one person.

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

There are cut-outs of the first six American Presidents appliqued on the quilt top. Fabric printed with these portraits was produced in both France and England for sale in America. The portraits are framed with diagonal borders of clamshell and geometric patchwork made of flowered chintz. This is an exquisite quilt with beautiful fabrics. The quilt is well preserved. There are 1/2" pieced squares in the center medallion. Rated 5 (outstanding) on HQPNJ scale for visual effect.

Quilt top made by:

Unknown, quilter

Quilted by:

Unknown, quilter

Where the quilt was made, state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Exhibitions where this quilt was displayed:

"New Jersey Quilts" traveling 1992-1994

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

This quilt was published in the Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey's related book "New Jersey Quilts, 1777 - 1950", on pages 219 & 222.

Ownership of this quilt is:

Private

Quilt owner's state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's gender:

Female

Quiltmaker's birthplace, country:

United States

Quiltmaker's state:

New Jersey (NJ)

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Who photographed this quilt?

Marti Porreca

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

Copyright holder:

The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey, Inc.

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Cite this Quilt

Unknown, quilte. Presidents Medallion. 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=20-16-749. Accessed: 05/30/24

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