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Seminar in American Visual and Material Culture
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Documenting Regional Innovation in New England
Whole-Cloth Quilts, 1750-1850

Lynne Bassett
Connecticut Historical Society

Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at 4:30 p.m.
Elmarion Room, Goddard-Daniels House
190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

PRÉCIS: As with the carving of a chair leg or the framing of a house, the exuberant stylized floral designs and carefully calculated geometric grids stitched into New England's early whole-cloth quilts document important traditions of regional design. This study examines the domestic production of whole-cloth quilts and the transition of this quilt form from a high-style possession of the economic elite in the eighteenth century to a traditional bedcover among rural families in the nineteenth century.

Refreshments will be provided during the discussion of the paper. Afterwards, a supper -- with wine and chicken parmesean -- will be served in the dining room of the Goddard-Daniels House at $16.00 per person. If you wish to stay for supper, please send your check in the correct amount to arrive at AAS by Wednesday, May 7, and please indicate if you prefer a vegetarian entrée. The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds for dinner after that date.

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