Patchwork quilt in Baby Blocks pattern

American (Nashville, Tennessee)
About 1885
Made by Sarah Brian Copeland (American, 1850–1923)

Object Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Overall: 208 x 189.5cm (81 7/8 x 74 5/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, cotton, wool; quilting, taffeta, velvet, patchwork

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pattern also known as Stair Steps pattern and Cube Illusion. Silk taffeta and velvet in solid colors and prints pieced in patchwork pattern creating optical illusion with blocks; red lining. Label on back: “Sarah Bright Gracey from her grandmother, Sallie Gardner Bright. Made by her grandmother, Sarah Brian Copeland.” Condition: fair; areas of shattered silk.

Credit Line

Gift of Connie Guion Haskell in memory of Judith Bright Gracey