Monday, February 12, 2018

Folded Valentine Scherenschnitte

If you are feeling ambitious for Valentine's Day you could do
a little snipping.

And make a Valentine block.

There are quite a few of these scherenschnitte (cut paper) blocks with hearts.

Some are rather difficult to see in samplers. This one fairly simple.

The next one fabulously complex.

WVA project

Quilts Inc

Block from a mid-19th-century sampler album

From the Flack collection by a Pennsylvania Moravian

An ad from dealer Phyllis Haders years ago in the Clarion magazine.
H mmm.

From an article I wrote for Quilters Newsletter years ago.

Monday, February 5, 2018


Quilt from about 1890-1910
in the pattern published as Pyrotechnics
by the Ladies Art Company about 1890.

It's BlockBase #3461,
also published as Wheel or Wheel of Fortune

The 12 refers to the number of spokes in the
published pattern. The center is a hollow wheel or flower.

Surrounded by a single ring of triangular points.
In the Ladies Art drawing and in the BlockBase pattern
 the sunflower fits into a circle with curved shapes.

Straight lines here in this one from about 1880-1900

Indiana Project & the Quilt Index
The ring of triangular shapes sometimes seems to
have a little curve to those triangle sides.

The Newcomb Loom company sold a pattern for the design with curved triangles.

Perhaps the source for...

 Carrie Hall's early 1930s block at the 
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

A top by Mrs. W.M.O. Moss found
in the Louisiana Project

So much like Carrie Hall's block,
which was not published in color until the 1980s.

Which came first the Ladies Art Company pattern or the quilts?

I  have photos of several that look to be older than the
published pattern.

From Jeffrey Evans antiques. Novel shading.

All in red and greens

From Cow Hollow Antiques

And from the Sign of the Whale Antiques

With added applique

Siotha Hibbs Longmire, from the Tennessee Project
This one may be earlier too. It has no hollow circle in the center and
there are 8 spokes.

Here's a great version from Susan Dague's collection.
About 1950

Rather unconventional fabric choices but it works.