This wholecloth quilt dating from the late eighteenth century is a remarkable survival. The blue dye is indigo and the overall design is achieved by a technique called resist printing. Fabrics with a blue pattern on a white background are far less common than white designs on an indigo background. Both would have been very labor-intensive to produce and therefore very costly. Found mostly in America, they are generally referred to as “American blue resist” but textile historians have yet to discover exactly where and how these extraordinary fabrics were made. The quilt was the gift of Frances Martin. It had been purchased from the estate of Benjamin Dwight Latham of Orient Point. Many Latham families still live in Orient.