DESCRIPTION: Cotton ground with appliqued cutout motif from three chintz fabrics imported from England; homespun linen backing. Stitches: fabric appliqued in buttonhole stitch; ground quilted in a diamond lattice in running stitch; initials MSP embroidered in cross stitch on the back of the quilt.
Found on other contemporary North Carolina applique quilts, the central floral motif is a block print produced specifically for use in quilts. The pheasant and palm tree composition has been cut from a second chintz and retains some of its original glazing.
RELATED OBJECTS: Another chintz applique quilt made by Margaret Salena Perkins is in the MESDA Collection (acc.1187.2).