Double Ninepatch Quilt
Unidentified Quilt Maker, likely Quaker
76 x inches
Origin Unknown; Found in Pennsylvania
In the mid-nineteenth century, Quaker women were making quilts of cotton, wool ,and silks. A characteristic of their silk and wool quilts is the extensive and masterful hand quilting, often executed in dark thread.
While this elegant, silk Double Nine Patch is without solid documentation, it fits the bill for a circa 1860 Quaker-made quilt. Hand quilting does not get much better than what we see here. The curves in the feather wreaths and vining feather quilting in the borders are a subtle counterpoint to the angular piecing.
The black silk has begun to weaken; it can be seen on the photos below. Nonetheless, this otherwise remains a fine example of an early Quaker textile, worthy of hanging, folding, or covering a guest bed.
The red (dress weight) wool back is a gorgeous surprise, and the quilt is finished with a separately applied woven tape binding.