Mary C. (Vernon) Vaughan's Quilt from the 1870's

The quilt was machine pieced and hand appliqued. The block pattern on this quilt is a "Peony" (first known in the late 1850's), which is the next generation (variation) of the Carolina Lily (first introduced in the late 1830's). There isn't very many surviving Peony patterns from the 1800's, most are replicas made in the 1900's.

It is a fairly large quilt 70 by 84 inches. I noticed that the Peony pattern seemed to be placed in the wrong direction. Mom explained to me that the beds were much shorter back then and higher off the floor. That is why there is extra length on the sides. The double hearts pattern showed up on quilts around the 1860's.

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