DESCRIPTION: The chintz applique quilt is assembled on a white cotton ground. The palampore design, or tree of life, and surrounding floral medallions come from a popular English chintz pattern called “pheasant and tree” that was widely distrubuted beginning around 1815. A whole cloth quilt using this fabric is in the collection of the Shelburne Museum, and clearly shows that the design was far more condensed than in the alexander quilt. Creating the expanse of the tree required cutting the print and supplementing it with an additional fabric to form the tree. An unusual choice resulted in the use of the indigo resist printed cotton which has held it’s deep blue color. The two border prints were cut from fabric printed for this purpose.