By: Tandy Hersh
My purpose in this paper is to present a “micro” analysis of this quilt. Sally Garoutte’s paper “Early Colonial Quilts in a Bedding Context” in UNCOVERINGS 1980 was a “macro” analysis in comparison, the study of a large number of quilts mentioned in wills and inventories in given areas and times. I will describe and analyze one glazed wool quilt with the date September 13, 1809, and initials MRMc quilted along one edge, and compare it with similar quilts to determine what can be learned by this approach.
In the spirit of this detailed study of one quilt we will first analyze the materials from which it was made, and then consider the construction process. The primary focus of our study, however, will be the quilting itself, especially the design elements and how they are combined.