This hand appliqued schoolhouse quilt is comprised of 12" square blocks. It is in the traditional solid white and re patterned fabric. The blocks and borders have been machine sewn. This pattern has been popular for well over 100 years and continues as a favorite for today's quilt collectors and quilt makers.
"Ruth Finlay, in her 1929 book 'Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them' shows a Little Red Schoolhouse quilt and suggests that the popular pattern may have originated in New Jersey during the 1870's." Quilters Newsletter Magazine (September, 1963)
"The popularity of the Schoolhouse quilt can be attributed to the push by the federal government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to educate Americans. One of the early respected positions available to single women was that of school teacher in the one-room schoolhouses of the midwest and plains states. Many eastern woman were educated at Normal Schools and then pioneered sparsely populated areas. The democratic dream of free education for all was becoming a reality." Quilts, A Tradition of Variations. Albany, CA: East Bay Heritage Quilts, 1982.
The quilt measures 74" x 92". I would guess it was made sometime between 1940-1960. It has recently been dry cleaned. There are two areas with a small light stain.
Item ID: FR0301
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