Made of chintz appliqué, this quilt features many selections of chintz fabrics, that were cut and applied to a cotton ground fabric to achieve an ambitious tree of life design. This quilt was made for Harriet Marion Palmer (1830-1896), Catherine’s daughter, when she was seventeen years old. Catherine Palmer is responsible for not only this palampore design quilt, but two other quilts in the MESDA Collection.
DESCRIPTION: Quilt with three pieced borders surrounding a tree of life appliqued to a white ground. The whole quilted with diamond pattern; very thin layer of cotton batting. First border has mitred corners and is 13 1/4″ deep; all four sides are one complete piece. Second border does not have mitred corners and is 6 1/2″to 6 3/4″ deep; some marking lines are still apparent on this border and it is made of a total of nine pieces. The third border has mitred corners, is 6 3/4″ -7″ wide, and is covered in crepeline; all four sides are one complete piece. Center and white border are quilted in diamond pattern; chintz borders are diagonally quilted only parallel to mitred seam. The inner square is 55 3/4″ high and is two pieces with a verticle seam; quilted up to applique but not over applique. The lower 1/2 of the central tree is from one fabric and the upper 1/2 is from another fabric. The quilt has a very thin layer of cotton batting.
RELATED OBJECTS: In the MESDA Collection are three other quilts that descended in the Palmer and Marion families. Made by Catherine Palmer’s mother, Harriet Kirk Marion, is a crib or child’s quilt (acc. 2534.1), and a mosaic quilt (acc. 2534.4). Harriet Kirk Marion also contributed a square to an album quilt (acc.2534.3) which Catherine Palmer is credited with assembling. Catherine Palmer is also identified as a co-maker with her mother Harriet on the mosaic quilt (acc. 2534.4).