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Hexagonal Log Cabin (Six-Pointed Star) Quilt

Jane Tucker, American, born 1817, and Rebecca Angelia (Angie) Tucker, American, born 1856.

Made in West Gardiner, Maine, United States, North and Central America

c. 1890

Fancy woven silk ribbons, plain weave and figured silk, and silk embroidery in feather, outline, and buttonhole stitches and French knots

67 x 65 inches (170.2 x 165.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Harriet Plimpton, 1957

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This dazzling quilt was made by Jane Tucker with the assistance of her niece, Angie, a teacher. Both women lived with extended family on their homestead in West Gardiner, Maine. The hexagons that form the quilt are a variation on the popular "log cabin" pattern, and in some areas these hexagons are surrounded by triangles of one color---most noticeably purple and bright blue---that form large six-pointed stars. The Tuckers created the quilt from wonderfully varied decorative ribbons, usually used to trim hats and clothing, and personalized it with delicate embroidery on some of the ribbons and black centers of the hexagons, adding to its richness and intricacy.

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