By: Carol Williams Gebel
The red and green appliqué quilt tradition of the nineteenth century spawned designs that remained favorites into the twentieth century. The Princess Feather design was one of its most popular examples. This study investigates the origin of this design in regard to its name (princely or floral) and its country of origin (England or the United States). The discovery of a possible regional design preference is considered. The study also identifies the design characteristics of the “typical” Princess Feather quilt. The details 370 quilts were quantified to reveal the features of the most popular style of Princess Feather quilt design, while also revealing some unusual variations.