Monday, October 24, 2016

Carolina Lily: BlockBase # 765

Most of us would call this a Carolina Lily

Or a North Carolina Lily

It's an old pattern with much variety. You see all manner of leaves pieced and appliqued.

Although the flower is fairly consistent.

The earliest published pattern was probably Ladies Art Company #53,
printed about 1890.

They called it Cleveland Lilies. We can assume it
was to honor President Grover Cleveland who
was in office twice (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).

Could it have been a political pattern?

Or just a pretty floral.
In 1915 Marie Webster showed it as North Carolina Lily.

A version without any leaves was published as A Lily Quilt in the agricultural magazine the Orange Judd Farmer in 1901 and in 1929 Ruth Finley put a similar version in her book Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them.
She gave it many names---most of which didn't stick.

Spencer Museum of Art Collection
In her 1935 book Romance of the Patchwork Quilt Carrie Hall repeated those
names and showed this version, which some copied quite closely below.

Similar to Ruby McKim's 1931
Noonday Lily.

The pattern was popular

This one looks to be 1840s or '50s from the green print.

Mid-20th century,
above and below

Collection of the Literate Quilter

BlockBase indexes many variations all numbered 765. Here's
a couple of the templates for a 12" block of 765.24, The Double
Tulip from Mrs Danner in 1934. The leaves are pieced
but the stems are appliqued.
If you are inclined to make one from the BlockBase patterns
you'll want to print out the templates as well
as the rotary cutting information.

And while you are sewing you can decide how to set the blocks.

Quilt Index

Woodard & Greenstein

And then you can add on more lilies
as in these two stuffed work versions from about 1850.

From an old Quilt Engagement Calendar
Twins, perhaps, with that bud coming out of the base
and the feather quilting.

Same quilt documented by the North Carolina project. 
Picture from the Quilt Index.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Not Square Blocks: Diamond Shaped Blocks 5---More Stars

Diamond-shaped blocks are probably seen most often in star quilts.
First: Six pointed stars pieced of diamonds cut to 60 degrees.
See more of these last week.

A lovely reproduction from Laundry Basket Quilts

The geometry is the same whether the stars are large or small.

And some times it's tricky, particularly with the 60 degree diamond.

From Laura Fisher Quilts

Notice how she dealt with points that didn't really fit together.

Seamstresses made many more 8-pointed stars than 6-pointed stars.

From Garth Auctions

That geometry fits a square better,

whether pieced of diamonds, strips or strings.

A string star 

String quilts are rarely dated. This one is inscribed 1893.
I'd have guessed a little earlier.

Above and below two stars from the American Folk Art Museum.

One could imagine how Plan A

somehow wound up as Plan D.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Not Square Blocks: Diamond Shaped Blocks 4---String Stars

I've been showing pictures of string-pieced diamonds.
Here's an excuse to show a few more. These are all 60-degree diamonds
set as stars.

About 1940

Above and Below: About 1910
More  hexagons than a star

About 1925
Pieced over...

Newspapers dated in the 1920s

Most of these were probably constructed over newspapers
and then trimmed to a neat diamond shape.

Mid-20th century

Maybe 1910

The technique goes back to about 1880,
and seems to be an outgrowth of the fad for crazy quilts.

Above and below: two late-19th-century star quilts with diamond-shaped blocks
based more on the random shapes of crazy quilts...

rather than the strips of string quilts.
One might classify these as contained crazy quilts.

It's a subtle difference

Definitely a string quilt and not a crazy quilt.

Practically unclassifiable.