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Unheated bedchambers meant cold beds. Bed rugs, and later, quilts, were ways people kept warm while sleeping. Quilts were used to decorate as well as keep people warm. The process of sewing a layer of wool batting into place between the front and back pieces is called "quilting." The maker of this quilt used two large pieces of printed material from England because material with large printed designs was unavailable in the United States at this time. The children in the print play typical games for the period--they "drive", play battledore and shuttlecock (similar to badminton today) and fish.

 

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"Children at Play" Quilt

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1800
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   82.0"
height   78.0"
process/materials   cotton with copper plate print
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1983.12


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