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Artist: Rhoda Hawthorne (Deerfield, New York)

Date: c. 1884
Medium: Silk, velvet, cotton, brocade, embroidery
Overall: 64 x 54in. (162.6 x 137.2cm)
Signed: Center (embroidered): "RHODA" Upper right corner (embroidered): "1884"
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Phillips in memory of Mrs. Grace Savage
Object number: 79.23
Label Text
Quilts provided warm bed coverings in poorly heated house and were major decorative components for bedrooms. Crazy quilts were also used in the parlor as lap throws and even as piano covers. The silk and velvet pieces that made up crazy quilts were not necessarily cut from worn clothing. A needle worker could purchase a bag of assorted new silk scraps with patterns for appliqué motifs.

The maker of this quilt, Rhoda Hawthorne of Utica, New York, was a furrier by trade. She had a shop on North Genesee Street were she repaired furs and made capes.