Monday, June 11, 2018

Layered Rose Applique

Rose from the Silber/Reuther collection at Mary Stricker's Quilt

Here's a mid-19th-century floral applique that
one might call unsophisticated.

Julie and Linda showed the quilt in 1981 at the Oakland Museum.

The design looks like it might be one of a kind but it was a pattern passed around somehow.
It has an Encyclopedia of Applique number---
37-298. My source was a Prudence Penny column in an old newspaper.

UPDATE: I found a picture of the Prudence Penny quilt, not in the paper but
in a booklet called Old-Time Quilts, a catalog of antiques from a 1927 show the Seattle Post-Intelligencer put on.  The catalog calls it a moss rose. Is this the same quilt as the one that Julie & Linda showed.

Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
This might be one of the most sophisticated versions.

The additional embroidery indicates it was
meant to be a moss rose, a popular garden rose in the mid-19th century.
The buds and leaves have a mossy fuzz.

Old-fashioned moss rose

Quilt alternating two rose blocks

The patterns vary but have scalloped layers of pink and red to
indicate layers of rose petals.

Ileana had one for sale on eBay alternating blocks with
white squares for fancy quilting.

Molly at Fourth Corner Antiques showed a potted rose.

 This one looks like there is white space between the pink and red layers but
that is a blanket stitch

(Very mid-19th-century technique)

The design has relative in the rose family

Moss Rose by Susan Black Stayman, Collection of
the Helen F. Spencer Museum of Art. Slashed reverse applique
instead of pink and red layers

And several in the fruit family---Perhaps a strawberry from a Pook & Pook auction.

Here's a later 19th-century green fading to gray and tan.

The last, latest version is simple enough to provide a digital drawing
you could use as a pattern. Double the size here for a 18" block.

See Susan Black Stayman's quilts here:

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