Dating quilt patterns
With the availability of cheaper printed cotton fabrics patchwork and quilted bedcovers gained a huge popularity amongst all classes in the 19th century and the collection reflects all aspects of the development of the craft during this period.
This includes cotton frame quilts, wholecloth and strippy quilts, strip piecing, block patterns and applique.
It was probably made around 1810 and has a central section surrounded by borders of different widths and pieced patterns.
This arrangement is very typical of British patchwork and is known as a 'frame' layout.
All of the quilts in this Gee's Bend project may be called improvisational or "my way" quilts.
The seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation.
Quiltmakers there have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, with the oldest existing examples dating from the 1920s.
Please note we are currently adding to our online catalogue of heritage pieces.
Below is a sample of pieces from our Heritage Collection.