The green embroidered blocks that decorate the center of this quilt seem garish on the red ground. The red fabric has odd shaped piecing lines that, when drawn separately, show that this quilt was probably a woman’s cloak first. The border is a deconstructed petticoat. Extravagantly quilted petticoats worn under open-skirted dresses were high style in the 18th century. The fantastical imagery on this petticoat includes mermaids, ships, lions, and other creatures. The re-use of not one but two garments to make this quilt demonstrates how some individuals found ways to use expensive textiles after they have been damaged or gone out of style.