Single Pattern Friendship Quilt, Album Block
Augusta County and New Market, dated 1849-52
66" x 72"
Single pattern friendship quilts were at their height of popularity in the 1840s and 1850s when this quilt was pieced. Composed of 56 blocks, it bears 38 signatures, most with Augusta County locations. It also includes several “remember me” sentiments addressed to “cousin (and Friend) Susan.” It may have been pieced for a young woman about to be married and leaving the area. Its flannel backing, machine assembly, and wide machine-sewn binding indicate that it was probably assembled at a later date.