The characteristic style of Art Deco has been echoed in many decorative forms and influenced additional post modern styles for decades. Born during the transition between the 19th and 20th centuries, when a desire for a more modern “look” evolved, the beginning of the Modern Art Movement was brought to fruition at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900. By 1913, the Art Deco Movement was in full swing as its designs were becoming a trend for fashion and decorative arts in both Europe and America; high fashion Art Deco style graced the covers of such magazines as VOGUE. In general, the structure of Art Deco is based on geometric shapes; however, with many distinctive styles that include a range of motifs, designs are said to have been a reflection on the artistic politics of the day. An eclectic tone was an important feature.
The framed medallion or central medallion quilt style is believed to have originated in England or with the Dutch, and was popular from the 1780s through the first half of the 19th Century. Characteristically, the central focal point of the quilt is surrounded by borders and blocks which compliment and frame the center. The traditional English medallion quilt is one of the earliest known quilting styles. While many of these quilts have appliqué or pieced centers, fabric manufacturers quickly learned sometime around 1780 that quilt makers would purchase pre-printed panels as the central element for their quilt. It wasn't long before they also printed complimentary fabrics and borders which could be used to frame the printed medallion piece.