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Lunch & Learn: Cultivated Flowers and the Passage of Time

April 26, 2012

Quilt-making was popularized by the early settlers and colonists of North America. They provided warmth during the winter and sometimes were draped over windows for insulation. As fabrics became more available and affordable, different styles and decorative touches were incorporated.

Needlework by Mary Norris Logan, 1823
(click image for more info on this sample)

Whole-cloth quilts grew in popularity amongst affluent women who were able to afford the large bolts of fabric needed to make up the front and back of the quilt. The elaborate designs of these quilts are created using only quilting stitches, rather than patches of fabric. These motifs and designs provide insight into the women who stitched them.

Join Stenton curator Laura Keim for a study of the motifs of 18th century Philadelphia whole-cloth quilts and needlework.

Cultivated Flowers and the Passage of Time: Exploring 18th Century Philadelphia Whole Cloth Quilt and Needlework Motifs is part of Stenton’s Lunch & Learn series and will take place on Thursday, May 3rd at 12:30 p.m. at Stenton.

Following the discussion, there will be a tour featuring quilts and needlework from Stenton’s collection.

Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. Admission is free. For questions or to RSVP, please call 215. 329.7312 or e-mail

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