The style of the 1860s antique quilt that inspired me was a uniquely set presentation quilt. It was filled with lots of polka dots as I said before, along with floral blocks, symbols, and other designs representative of the era. We'll be reproducing the quilt mostly like the original but there are a few of the patriotic blocks I'll substitute or tweak a little. There will be an eagle block in the center! I'm also not trying to choose exact matches of typical 1850-1860s fabrics but staying within the color palette. I've included a picture of some of my fabric swatches in the fabric requirements.
This is what we know about the quilt -
Pieced and Appliqued Cotton Civil War Era Presentation Album Quilt, possibly Bedford, New York area, c. 1863, the quilt was made for W. H. Wilson M.D. and given to him in 1863, composed of forty white cotton blocks, appliqued with printed and plain fabrics, with embroidery, trapunto, and reverse applique embellishments. The center block depicts a spread-winged eagle over an anchor, an American shield flanked by flags, crossed cannon, and cannonballs, with the stitched name and date "W.H. Wilson M.D. 1863." The presentation block surrounded by blocks depicting a Zouave soldier reclining in his tent, a New York state seal, eagles, flowers, hearts, leaves, and fruit, many of the blocks signed with the stitched and pen and ink signatures of the friends, family, and makers of each block, one is signed with the name of the town "Bedford," the edges with meandering budding vine borders, white cotton backing. The quilt is thought to have been made in the Bedford, New York area because one of the blocks depicts the seal of New York, another is signed "Mrs. Florence M. Miller Bedford."