Pattern Name: Ocean Waves Age: 1890s Quilting: Fussy Quilting and Utility Quilting (10 stitches per inch) Material: multiple types of indigo cotton calico and early shirting materials, garibaldi prints, and more Measurements: 72”x82” Heritage: This quilt was found in Kentucky. It is an exquisite example of the ocean waves pattern, a truly complex and intricate mathematical design that was typically tried by advanced, highly experienced quilt makers. The quilt is a lovely combination of reds, whites, and blues. It is a masterful walk through fabric history: there are mourning fabrics, garibaldi prints, turkey red and indigo pieces as well. The quilting is extraordinary. The interior squares of the pattern are utility quilted with the most careful measured square pattern. There are other examples of double line fussy quilting on the exterior as well. The quilt is a lightweight three season quilt. It is truly an exquisite piece and would make quite a statement displayed prominently in the home (albeit its a great bed-quilt, too). It is a beautiful yet sturdy quilt: unique and a work of art. Condition: Overall the piece is in excellent condition, though there are some fabrics that have begun to show wear due to caustic early dyeing techniques. However, the quilt is in remarkable condition and is truly a work of art. The colors vibrant and sure. There are some signs of wear characteristic with the textile's age, but overall a truly lovely and exquisite piece.
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