Bed cover

Whole cloth quilt
Stuffed work bed cover

American, Vermont
about 1815
Made by Mercy Bloomer Strong (1763-1852) (American)

Object Place: Vergennes, Vermont, United States


Overall: 238.8 × 246.4 cm (94 × 97 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave; quilted or stuffed work; knotted fringe

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Stuffed work or white work bed cover with knotted and woven fringe. This type of textile might also by considered a whole cloth. The format is a central medallion with a large stuffed work cornacopia motif with grape vines in the center surrounded by feather plum spandrels and blooming Dog Wood branches contained by an inner border of paired leaves. Outside of the central medallion, there is a broad border of stuffed work trailing grape vines contained by another string of paired leaves. There is an outer border of blossom motifs encircled by alternating vines contained a string of paired leaves. All of these stuffed work elements are ona a ground of stipple quilting. The woven fringe is attached using a knotting technique.


Made around 1815 by Mercer Bloomer Strong (1763-1852) of Vergennes, Vermont; After 2015, acquired by Gerald E. Roy of Warner, New Hampshire from a quilt collector; 2017, sold by Roy to the MFA. (Accession date: April 19, 2017)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Textile & Costume Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston