|Enormous 1840s Wild Goose Chase, Eastern United States|
|I wondered how I'd photograph this monster as it hung over my banister|
|There are water stains all across the back of the quilt|
|The red fabric is a small-scale print with white diamonds outlined in black|
|The green fabric is a small-scale over-dyed floral print|
|The binding is 1/4" straight grain, rolled from back to front|
A friend asked why people thought it was a New Jersey quilt, and my response was that it reminded me of a lot of the quilts I've seen that were made in New Jersey in the 1840s. The quilts were very large, often without borders, often set on the diagonal, and were simply quilted, finely bound, elaborately pieced with geometric designs in simple color schemes such as red, white, and green - but white is not the predominant color.
All signs seem to point in that direction, but even though I believe it's likely to be from New Jersey, I'm designating its location of origin as Eastern United States. It's a biggie, and it's a beauty.