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The Cover
August 18, 1999

Bedcover

JAMA. 1999;282(7):614. doi:10.1001/jama.282.7.614

Not all American folk art was the product of canvas and brush. Some, especially that of the mid-19th century, came from needle, thread, and scraps of fabric. For example, during the same decade that Susan Torrey Merritt of Weymouth, Mass, was creating her watercolor collage (JAMA cover, July 7, 1999), a group of New Jersey residents was fashioning a cotton-pieced and appliquéd quilt for one Ella Maria Deacon of Mount Holly. Bedcover (cover) , completed in 1842, is the result of their efforts.

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