1899 Lydia Finnell
Collection of the Smithsonian Institution
Our National Museum, the Smithsonian, has many of their quilts and textiles accessible in an online catalog.
If you go to this page where I did a search for quilt in all the files 1,984 files come up. Too many.
I narrowed the search to objects (rather than say books) and found 823 documents, many of which are fabulous quilts.http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?view=&dsort=&date.slider=&q=quilt&gfq=CSILP_1
Early 19th century British block top
It's an excuse to show several I haven't seen before.
Brickwall, late 19th century
Some are new acquisitions like the Corrine Riley collection of 56 African American quilts.
Harriet Fry Hockaday, Missouri
Late 19th century
Elenor Dolan, mid 19th century
Early British pictorial "Irish Volunteers" by Eliza Bennis.
Detail of a silk Quaker trousseau quilt
They include files from a variety of Smithsonian divisions
such as the Cooper-Hewitt and the Anacostia Community Museum.
TessellationThis will keep you busy for a while.