Pieced quilt made by Elizabeth Salter Smith

Created by
Salter Smith, Elizabeth Anne, American, born 1850
Medium
cotton cloth, batting, and thread
Dimensions
H x W x D: 75 1/2 × 63 1/2 × 1/4 in. (191.8 × 161.3 × 0.6 cm)
Type
quilts
Date
1930-1950
Description
Pieced quilt made by Elizabeth Salter Smith with nine (9) blocks all hand-pieced. Each block consists of a different design and different fabrics and colors, with a mixture of solids and prints. The pieced blocks are not uniform in size, so the maker has added strips and portions of other cut up pieced blocks to create the quilt top. Most of the added strips are a green novelty print fabric with small anthropomorphic rabbits on it. The quilt is backed with a gold, blue, and red small-scale paisley print that is turned to the front and hand sewn to form the binding. A thin layer of batting is placed between the top and back, with the layers stitched together using hand-quilting in white thread with a mixture of vertical and diagonal lines. A strip of Velcro is sewn to the back of one end for hanging. A fabric label with handwritten text in black ink is sewn at the bottom proper left back corner that reads: "WHITLEY / COLLECTION / #12 / 77 x L x 65 1/2 W".
Topic
African American
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Gladys-Marie Fry
Object number
2013.215.10
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Textiles-Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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