Finely worked chintz applique quilts like this one demonstrate the high level of hand sewing skills many women had prior to the introduction of the sewing machine. This quilt features a printed panel of an eagle with outstretched wings inscribed with the names of Jonathan and Emmeline Fish. Attributed to Maria Fish and her daughter Emma, the quilt may have celebrated the Fishes’ wedding anniversary. A host of friends, neighbors and family members signed the remaining blocks. Two additional album quilts made by Maria and Emma Fish in 1842 and 1843 are located in the collections of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Denver Art Museum.