Unidentified Quilt Maker
70 x 70 inches
Found in Ohio
Only sixteen years after the death of Lincoln, President James Garfield was killed by another assassin's bullet. In 1881, the nation found itself once again traumatized, and in deep mourning.
As always, American women responded to national events ~ which they often expressed in their sewing. This patchwork design, called "Garfield's Monument," shows up fairly frequently at the end of the 19th century.
The image of the monument was not new to American quilt makers. We see the monument design in earlier quilts, particularly in mid-nineteenth century Album Quilts.
But in Album Quilts the monument design typically appears as a single block amongst squares of many different designs. In this example we see a repetition of the pieced design.
The printed fabrics in this are late 19th century cottons,
except for the back, which dates to about 1930. Best guess is that the quilt was finished as tied comforter some 50 years later.