Although there is no evidence that this particular quilt was made at a bee, many like it were. Whole cloth quilts were common at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. Women’s diaries reflect a variety of ways in which more than one hand was involved in the making of a quilt. Different neighbors may have spun the thread, woven some of the fabric, or might even be brought in to mark the pattern on the quilt. Given that women recorded only a relatively few number of days spent quilting each year, elaborate quilt patterns like the ones exhibited on this quilt would have been difficult for one quilter to finish.

Whole Cloth
Maker unknown
Possibly made in
New England or New York
United States
IQSCM, Clyde E. and Joan B. Shorey Collection