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Title Tumbling Blocks (Cross Variation) Quilt
Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1951.1.10
Other Number 4031
Lexicon Category 2: Building Furnishings
Lexicon Sub-category Bedding
Description Quilt pieced in a variation of the Tumbling Blocks pattern that uses six-sided hexagons and diamond-shaped pieces to create cross and hourglass-shaped figures that float on a blue background or field. The quilting design includes outline quilting that frames the hexagonal pieces and double parallel lines that form diamonds in the background or field. The latter also includes two quilted leaves or stars in each corner. The fabrics used in the quilt include cotton, wool, silk and mohair fibers, and the edges of this textile are bound in black.

The quilt is attributed to Margaret (Younglove) Calvert, the grandmother of Eliza "Lida" Calvert Obenchain, 1856-1935, who wrote "Aunt Jane of Kentucky" (1907). The quiltmaker may have been the inspiration for the central character who narrates a series of stories about rural life that includes reminiscences about the importance of quiltmaking and patchwork in her life.
Place of Origin Bowling Green, KY
Used Warren County, KY
Material Cotton/Wool/Silk/Mohair
Technique Piecework
Artist Calvert, Margaret (Younglove), 1829-1920
Role Artist Quiltmaker
Search Terms Handwork
Subjects Needlework
Quilting --Kentucky
Quilts --Kentucky
People Calvert, Margaret (Younglove), 1829-1920
Year Range From 1850
Year Range To 1870
Caption Tumbling Blocks (Cross Variation) Quilt
Number of Images 4
Dimension type 1