CQ349 Optical Illusion, Diamond in a Square, Pinwheel, Jacob's Ladder Original Design Quilt

c. 1885
21.5 x 21.5 inches
Origin Unknown

This truly amazing perfect condition miniature quilt measures 21.5 x 21.5”. This diminutive little quilt is comprised of 25 blocks, each measuring 4-1/4” square. It was created by using both hand and treadle machine piecing. The front fabrics of this quilt are black and red solids in pure silk. The backing is linen. I’ve never seen a quilt like this. I don’t think this piece was meant to be used, and at this point in its life, it hasn’t been. Sparingly reverse tied, this piece has cotton batting. I think this was made by a child's affluent family to be used for her doll. This probably dates 1860 to 1880. Today, this little quilt is a fabulous piece of artwork for your wall or to adorn a very upscale doll's cradle. Ready to be seen on approval...