Wholecloth quilt

made about 1840,
by Mary E. (Irish) Symonds,
Falmouth, Hants County

The printed fabric may date from about 1830. It is said that this quilt was made from four-poster bed hangings. It may also have been part of a matching set of curtains and bedcover. Although decorative, the quilt would have been made relatively quickly and easily; the quilting pattern consists only of widely spaced crossed lines that form squares, approximately 5 cm (2").

Mary Symonds (1775-1867) and four succeeding generations of her family used this quilt.