Monday, May 21, 2018

One of a Kind?

You don't often come across a one-of-a-kind 19th century pattern. This flamboyant
9-block seems to be unique.

Scioto Imhoff Danner sold a pattern for it in the mid-20th century. Here's a photo from 1958.
The quilt was in her collection and she showed it in two of her catalogs. She 
gave it to the Denver Art Museum in 1971.

The latest catalog attributes it to Mary Black.

Her catalog caption called it Prince's Feather. She said: 
"There are many variations...I saw a very similar one on George Washington's bed at Mount Vernon."

She'd probably seen this quilt at Mount Vernon, which Woman's Day magazine called Washington's Plume. It's quite a bit different.
The pattern has a number in my Encyclopedia of Applique, but it's the only one I've ever seen...

although there are variations.
I wonder if anyone made one from Mrs. Danner's pattern.

It's a flamboyant feather. Print this out and see what you can
come up with.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Goblet, Tumbler or Water Glass

A rather popular pattern in the 20th century.
BlockBase #943 or 944

Wilene Smith found the earliest published pattern in
American Woman magazine, August 1907.

Mrs. E.C. Turner of Nunda, Illinois asked the editor for a Tumbler Design in 1906. I wondered if she  meant the other Tumbler design, which was quite the fashion for charm quilts at the time.

Tumbler charm quilt.

But apparently this is what she wanted. "I saw a quilt pieced in this fashion when I was but a girl, and cannot remember how the bottom of the 'tumbler' was arranged."

A tumbler was what we might call a glass or goblet.

The pattern was often done in the newly fashionable
blues, grays, blacks and reds.

Purchased in Ohio, from the Arizona project & the Quilt Index.
A sampler of indigo blues.

In 1930 pattern designer Eveline Foland drew The Goblet Quilt
for the Kansas City Star.

Carrie Hall was apparently taken with Foland's idea of a floral
pattern in the goblet. Her block is in the Spencer Museum of Art.

In 1934 the Star published the design again, this time with the names Water Glass or
W.C.T.U. block. The names refer to the Women's Christian Temperance Union
that advocated water as the beverage of choice.

Thompson's Spa in Boston

A few years later a reader contributed a variation of the pattern with one less seam.

The Star patterns had an influence as several mid-20th-century examples

We really don't have much evidence that these pieced tumbler quilts had anything to do with
the temperance crusade. The image of an appliqued footed glass is found earlier in quilts.
What's in the glasses?
Water or wine?

Goblet and decanter in applique from a Long Island, New York quilt dated 1857 in
Gay's collection at Sentimental Stitches:

Read Wilene Smith's essay on Temperance Quilts here:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Job's Troubles

Cindy's Antique Quilts has this quilt for sale. It's from the 1930s (the
fabrics are orange and green) and
made in Texas.
See it here:

I remembered the pattern from the Quilts of Tennessee files at the Quilt Index.
Bets Ramsey and Merikay Waldvogel found an almost identical pattern in their Tennessee project.

Job's Trouble quilt made by Lizzie Nelson Burks (1852-1909)
of Rutherford County, Tennessee 

There is some question about the date. It was entered in a Texas fair
in 1910 so that was assumed to be the time it was made but it is
too fancy to be 1910 and Lizzie Burks died in 1909.

The stuffed work quilting in this quilt is exceptional. I would
think it was quilted before 1875 when Lizzie was in her twenties or so.
See it here:
These are the only two examples of the pattern I've seen. It's in my Encyclopedia of Applique as #16.63---drawn from Lizzie's example. I called it Cockscomb and Currants and it is related to this design popular after 1840.

I wonder if the Texas quilt was made after seeing Lizzie's at the 1910 Texas fair?
Note how the coloring is the same down to the two orange circles at the base of the floral.

When Lizzie's family brought the quilt in to be documented they called it Job's Troubles---perhaps referring to all those berries.

I found a little information about Lizzie. Her husband was Thomas Benton Burks. They are buried near Burks' Cave and Burks Hill Road in Rutherford County in the Burks Cemetery. Rutherford County is in middle Tennessee, southeast of Nashville.

Thomas Benton Burks's stone
Born June ? 1830?

The photographer who found T.B. Burks stone couldn't find Lizzie's but gave her dates as March 29, 1852 – April 4, 1909.

Print this out 8" wide and you'll have one-fourth of a block
about 16"

Monday, April 30, 2018

Georgetown Circle

Georgetown Circle pattern from the Ladies Art Company.
A sunflower with two rings of checkerboard and an outer ring of triangles.

Georgetown Circle by Sally Lovelady, Baton Rouge, before 1964.
Louisiana Project & the Quilt Index

BlockBase #3443. 
It was published as plain old Georgetown in
1896 in an Oklahoma farm newspaper. 
Which came first the Oklahoma pattern or the Ladies Art Company's?

You don't see many made at the turn of the last century when
the pattern first appeared.

American Museum of Folk Art collection.
Most of the vintage examples seem to date from
the mid-20th century

From Sue Garman's blog

Sue and her friends made blocks inspired by this one.

The three above look to have been constructed as circular blocks with
a squeezed square in between.

Like this.

Elizabeth Runyon used a conventional square block format. 
From the Louisiana project, perhaps from the 1970s. 
They note it's polyester.

A 1986 version from the Nebraska project by Sarah Fahrenbruch Hoak

Some master stitchers have accepted the challenge.

Kathleen McCrady

Particularly in Australia

Georgetown Turnaround by Trish Harper

Georgetown Circle by Michele Yeo

Georgetown on My Mind by Jen Kingwell

You shouldn't have any trouble finding a pattern for the three above.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Noxall Sunburst

An interesting if challenging design.
Points plus 8 seams meeting in the center.

Published as Noxall by Hearth and Home magazine
about 1900-1910
BlockBase #3357


Apparently it was a catchy name, as in Knocks All the Competition.

Nox-All Hats

Noxall harness
And there was a Noxall flour
for which a small community in Missouri was named.

By Polly Tyndall from the North Carolina Project
and the Quilt Index. (1880-1920)

If one ring of spiky points was good two was better.

Another variation without a number or a name.
Just four seams meeting in the center.

Mariner's Compass?
A magazine page.
A different proportion by the Curry Sisters from the North Carolina Project
and the Quilt Index, about 1880-1920.

You could piece it over paper foundations

I exported BlockBase #3557 into Electric Quilt
and drew extra lines going north/south and east/west.
Print this out on an 8-1/2 x 11" inch
sheet for a paper pieced arc. If the line
along the bottom and right sides = 7-1/2" you'll
have a 15" finished sunburst.
The inner triangles are template pieced.