Democratic Victory Quilt
Recorded in the Tennessee Project.
Family history attributes it to 1851, Loudon County, Hardin Valley
I would call this pattern Whig's Defeat but the family story told at the Quilt Discovery Day in Tennessee 30 years ago differs. The owner's grandmother called it a Democratic Victory pattern.
"Grandmother and Grandfather disagreed about the name of the quilt. Pawpa said there was no such name as 'Democratic Victory.' Pawpa had a furniture store and had put a bedroom suite in the window display. Mawma decided this quilt would look nice on the bed in the window. While it was on display, an elderly and well respected lady of the town came in and said, 'Lorena, what a lovely Democratic Victory.' Mawma loved to tease Pawpa with this story. Both grandparents were from Hardin Valley."
Whigs and Democrats were the two major political parties in the 1840s and early '50s so a Democratic Victory would be a Whig's Defeat. In any case, the design doesn't seem to have been pro-Whig.
The Kansas City Museum owns this similar quilt with the date 1844 inscribed,
the year Democrat James K. Polk defeated Whig Henry Clay.
Bordered with a chintz stripe, recently auctioned
in South Carolina at Wooten & Wooten
Florence Peto published the design as Democrat's Fancy or Whig's Defeat in 1941.