The tree of life, a common motif found on Indian palampores, was modified and stylized in early American quilts. This dated 1809 quilt is evidence of the popularity of the design, which remained a favorite in textiles for more than 150 years.

Pattern: 
Medallion
Maker: 
Eliza Thompson
1809
Possibly made in
South Carolina or Virginia
United States
101
101
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0257