Nineteenth century calico baby quilt is made of 1.5 x 2 inch triangles - Textiles
  • Date 1878
  • Place of Origin LeMars, IA
  • Creator Nellie Gunderson Lang.

This classic nineteenth century calico baby quilt is made of 1.5 x 2 inch triangles that are pieced together by hand to form a pattern known as Ocean Waves. The pieces are made of typical mid-nineteenth century calicoes, including madder reds and browns, over-dyed greens, double pinks, and shirtings. It was hand-quilted in a diamond pattern to a cotton backing. The batting is a thin, tan cotton, and the binding is a cadet-blue wool twill, cut on the bias.

The quilt was made by Nellie Gunderson Lang, a Norwegian immigrant, who came to Iowa during the Civil War period from Hardanger. She made the quilt for her son Samuel the year he was born.

  • Materials Cotton, wool
  • Dimensions length: 33.5 inches, width: 27.5 inches
  • Identifier / Source 1990.090.001 - Gift of Esther Lang Liffring through Joan Liffring-Zug
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