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Object Name: Strip quilt
Date: 1780-1850
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 61 1/2 x 77 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 156.2 x 197.5 x 0.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Pieced cotton quilt with strips composed of squares of different striped and printed patterns alternating with single-pattern strips; predominantly red, pink, brown, and beige in color; backing of pink cotton with white stripe and red flower print; quilt appears to be cut down on one side.
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. R. W. G. Vail
Object Number: INV.347
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This colorful strip quilt, probably made by Mary Smith Vail (1786-1856) in rural Orange County, was passed down through generations of the Vail family. The strips and patches in Mrs. Vail's quilt undoubtedly came from scraps of worn family clothing, brought back to life with a creative eye and skillful needle.


Mary (Smith) Vail (1786-1856), wife of Luther Vail (1758-1871); to their son Enos Smith Vail; to R.W. G. Vail, great-grandson of the maker.


"Home Sewn: Three Centuries of Stitching History," New-York Historical Society, November 18, 2003-April 18, 2004.