On whole cloth quilts, all of the decorative elements are in the quilting stitches, rather than in a pieced or appliqued design. In this case, the fabric serves as a canvas for intricate figurative elements executed in small running stitches.

Pattern: 
Whole Cloth, detail
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1820
1840
Made in
United States
88.5
88.5
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0849