Baltimore album quilt

MAKER:
Maker

Mary E. Gray ( American )

DATE:
1851
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General Description

The complexity and number of individually decorated blocks within this appliquéd quilt mark it as one of the most sophisticated known examples of a Baltimore album quilt. The quilt was reputedly made by the ladies of Baltimore's Columbia Avenue Methodist Church for brickmaker Ebenezer Stewart, who donated the bricks for their new church. The central block includes a depiction of Stewart's house with an inscription noting "Mary E. Gray," possibly a professional quilter or a friend of the Stewarts. The various blocks were likely executed by several individuals.

Excerpt from

Bonnie Pitman, ed. "Baltimore album quilt" in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 187.