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Album Quilt

Artist/Maker:
Baynes, Alice
Place Made:
Baltimore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
1850-1860
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 104; WOA: 99 1/2
Accession Number:
3011.1
Description:
MAKER: Alice Paist Baynes (1836-1876) was born to Quaker parents, Joseph Priestman Baynes and Sara Paiste in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Alice Baynes lived most of her lifetime in Baltimore and is listed at 14 years old in the 1850 census. She married D. Hallowell Twining (b.1828) on December 14, 1856.

DESCRIPTION: This quilt, with the initials “AB” in one corner, has been extensively repaired in the twentieth century, with some of the fabrics replaced, some areas requilted, and some machine-stitching repairs. The thirteen decorated blocks are pieced together by strips of fabric forming a diagonal grid, surrounded by half and quarter blocks. The symbolism of the two houses under the willow tree in the center panel and the pieces of a house on opposite sides of the quilt, combined with the use of exuberantly decorated hearts, suggests that this was a wedding quilt. The borders are pieced and cross-hatch and herringbone quilted. The thirteen blocks are parallel quilted with some outline quilting.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Crebbin III