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Variation on Pink Spice
about 1855

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: weavers
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Variation on Pink Spice
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1853
Creation End Date: 1857
Creation Date: about 1855
Creation Place: Pennsylvania
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: quilts
Materials and Techniques: Cotton
Dimensions: H.95-3/16 x W.87-11/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.274.2
Credit Line: Gift of Gail Martin

Traditional quilts are bed covers made up of three layers: a decorative top, an unseen middle filling layer that acts as an insulator for warmth, and a bottom cloth. These three layers are sewn together with small stitches that add to the decorative effect and create a unified whole. Considerable artistry and technical skill are required and today many artists are using the quilt media to create spectacular wall hangings.

Frequently, small pieces of fabric left over from other sewing projects are sewn together in a decorative pattern to created a quilt top. This is both a challenging and effective way to add beauty to one's home. Less economical, and therefore often considered more valuable and reserved for special occasions, are appliqué quilts which require layers of fabric to create the design. Appliqué patterns are frequently inspired by floral imagery and many fanciful names are used to describe individual designs.

AMICA ID: MIA_.98.274.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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