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Artist: Jennie Sessions (1863-1957; active Coleman's Mills (Whitestown), New York)

Date: c. 1890
Medium: Silk with embroidery
Dimensions:
Overall: 71 1/4 × 66 1/4in. (181 × 168.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Nettie D. Sessions
Object number: 75.72
Label Text
The silks and elaborate embroidery found on so many traditional crazy quilts of the later 1800s were also used to create less typical examples, like this one made by Jennie Sessions. Here, Sessions used printed silks as well as solids, which she embellished with embroidery, to create a vertical herringbone pattern. She alternated these herringbone stripes with columns of solid black silk that reinforce the vertical composition and create a graphic rhythm across the surface. Sessions mimicked the zig-zagging flow of the herringbone panels by placing a feather stitch in bright gold thread on the black silk beside it, subtly highlighting the piecing. In this work, the versatility of the crazy quilt aesthetic is evident.