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  • MEASUREMENTS: 80"L x 100"W [6'8"x8'4"]
  • DATE MADE: c. 1875


Quilt. White cotton quilt bound with narrow band of green checked cotton material; appliqued in solid red and green checked materials in twenty blocks of the Swamp Lilly pattern; alternating with plain white blocks and adjacent spaces to the Princess Feather blocks are quilted in a variation of the Splint (a.k.a Basket Weave).


The quilt was made by Martha Scott Russell (about 1875), the daugther of James P. Scott (the maternal grandfather of the donor) who came to Bastrop, Texas about 1846. Further description notes from the original catalog card: the quilt design "is very old and was inspired by the Splint Weaving, in early chair seats of the 1750's. The Princess Feather motif was taken from plumes worn in the eighteenth century headdresses. References cited on the original card: American Quilts and Coverlets by Florence Peto, p.28 and plate 17; American Needlework by Georgiana Brown Harberson, p. 39; Old Patchwork Quilts by Ruth E. Finley, p. 116.

  • ASSOCIATED INDIVIDUAL: Russell, Martha Scott and James P. Scott
  • CREDIT LINE: Conlee, Mrs. E.E.

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