This quilt is pieced in a variation of the Irish Chain pattern. The chintz border with mitered corners still retains its original glaze.
Written in pencil on a cloth label sewn to the back of the quilt is the inscription: “Quilt made by/Harriet Kirk Marion for her granddaughter Harriet Marion Palmer/1830 St. Johns Berkley [sic]”
Harriet Marion Palmer (1830-1896), the recipient of this quilt, was the granddaughter and namesake of Harriet Kirk Marion. She married Francis Marion Dwight (1827-1876) in 1858 and they moved to Dalton, Georgia. This quilt descended in the Palmer family.
DESCRIPTION: Small child’s quilt made with pieced top and plain linen backing. Center portion consists of small (1 5/16″) squares of printed material, pieced to form diamond pattern (variation of the “Irish Chain” pattern). Wide chintz border. Quilted with diagonal lines throughout; mitred corners; no filler or batting.
RELATED WORKS: Also made by Harriet Kirk Marion: hexagon quilt (MESDA Acc. No. 2534.4). Two quilts made by Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer (MESDA Acc. No. 2534.2-3)