A red, blue, and cream pieced bedcover with botanic and geometric embroidered designs. The forty-two (42) blocks are sewn together in six (6) columns and seven (7) rows with alternating colors of red, cream, and blue squares made of a rayon and cotton blend cloth. Each block has a design of floral or leafy sprigs, or geometric shapes, embroidered on it in cream, pale gold, and pale pink silk thread. The blocks are hand-pieced together with decorative embroidery stitched over the seams. Some blocks are made from more than one piece of fabric, with decorative stitching over the seams in the blocks as well. Each block is backed with light weight cotton canvas, with the embroidery sewn through the canvas and the facing fabric. There is no batting between the top and the backing fabrics, with the only inner material being the canvas. The back has three different striped fabrics, one is cream, blue, brown, and yellow; the second is cream, pale blue, and brown; the third is blue and cream. The top and back are seamed right sides together, then turned and a line of machine-stitched cream thread is sewn around approximately 1/2 inch in from the edge. A strip of Velcro is sewn across the top of the reverse. An additional small rectangle of Velcro is sewn at the proper left bottom reverse corner.
National Museum of African American History and Culture