|Description: A hand-woven quilt of patterned squares in predominantly red, tan, brown and black plaids.
History: Known as patchwork in earlier times, pieced quilts refer to fabric scraps sewn together in blocks which were then assembled to make a quilt top. This top usually does not incorporate a wide border in its earliest styles. The earliest pieced quilts were usually made in large geometric shapes which then led to the popularity of block patterns--undivided square blocks which could easily be sewn together to form a variety of basic styles and designs. This quilt is made with homespun cloth and is considered to be the earliest quilt in our collection -- possibly dating from the 1850s.
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