Whole-Cloth Quilt

By choosing symbolic fabrics, such as this cotton print featuring portraits of the first seven U.S. presidents, women used quilts as a way to voice their political positions. The fabric used here suggests a date for this unique whole-cloth quilt: as only the initial year of Andrew Jackson’s first term is included, the fabric was presumably printed while he was in office, between 1829 and 1837. The laudatory phrase below Jackson’s image, "Magnanimous in Peace, Victorious in War," implies that this quilt’s maker was a supporter of the contentious president.