Overall: 61 1/2 x 77 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 156.2 x 197.5 x 0.6 cm )
Pieced cotton quilt with strips composed of squares of different striped and printed patterns alternating with single-pattern strips; predominantly red, pink, brown, and beige in color; backing of pink cotton with white stripe and red flower print; quilt appears to be cut down on one side.
This colorful strip quilt, probably made by Mary Smith Vail (1786-1856) in rural Orange County, was passed down through generations of the Vail family. The strips and patches in Mrs. Vail's quilt undoubtedly came from scraps of worn family clothing, brought back to life with a creative eye and skillful needle.
Gift of Dr. R. W. G. Vail
Mary (Smith) Vail (1786-1856), wife of Luther Vail (1758-1871); to their son Enos Smith Vail; to R.W. G. Vail, great-grandson of the maker.
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