SILK HEXAGON QUILT, 1879
Boldly colored, machine-woven silks used recently developed chemical dyes to make a striking quilt. When Maria Key made this for her ten-year-old grandson, she had been using the latest fabrics in her quilt making for at least forty years. Her quilt of about 1840, now at the Maryland Historical Society, used cottons reflecting the latest design and technology trends of its day.
Maria Louisa Harris Key (1804-1879), Leonardtown, Maryland
Silk with cotton backing
78” x 96”
Gift of Nelly Key Thompson, 2010.47