I went to an exhibit on quilts yesterday at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This amazing Civil War quilt was there and I had to share it! The maker of the quilt is unknown, but they believe it came from the Philadelphia area. Analysis of the quilt shows that, among the over 40 different types of fabric used are red and blue fabrics woven for Zouave uniforms. The museum information on the quilt says they think the maker was, in part, inspired by images of the War seen in popular magazines. The top central block, for instance, is thought to be an image of General Grant at Vicksburg taken from Harper's weekly.
Wouldn't it be cool to figure out more about this amazing quilt? I'm assuming the AK in the one block is initials. The block to the right of that with the top hatted man looking at a paper with 1861 on it could also be a great clue. And does anybody recognize the image bottom center? It looks like it is showing something specific also.