Agnes Lovering Metcalf

Michigan; United States

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An assymetrical placement of vivid reds and yellows highlights the overall pattern of contrasting black and more subtle pastels in this 1894 pieced velvet Pineapple quilt. The Pineapple pattern is a variation of the Log Cabin pattern, in which patches are added in an outward direction from a center square. There is no filling in this quilt; the back is of two pieces of commercially made patterned silk.

In addition to quilting, Detroit native Agnes Lovering Metcalf collected and made lace and did water color painting. She married Dr. William Metcalf in 1897, and they had two children, son William and daughter Jessie. Jessie inherited the quilt from her mother. Current owner Lois Lance, who purchased the quilt from Jessie at a Detroit auction, refers to this textile as a "throw."

Written by MacDowell, Marsha (1894)

MacDowell, Marsha and Fitzgerald, Ruth, ed. Michigan Quilts: 150 Years of a Textile Tradition, Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI, 1987, page 66.

Michigan State University Museum


  • Michigan Quilt Project

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    Michigan State University

  • 1890

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