Monday, October 29, 2018

Cherry Wreaths

Two wreaths with dots

There are not many of them in my Encyclopedia of Applique,
mainly because they weren't published as patterns before 1970,
 although there are plenty of them in vintage quilts.
Most people see them as Cherry Wreaths.

My pictures are primarily from details in mid-19th-century album quilts,
particularly in Baltimore,

which is why the pictures are so poor.

Details, details, details.

A couple from Stella Rubin's album inventory

Maybe no pattern company published them because they are so simple, a leaf, a dot and a circle template with embroidered stems and bows optional.

Or maybe no one ever had the heart to write directions that said
for 12 blocks cut 480 cherries.

APQ has a free pattern download. Search for Cherry Wreath APQ

Crib quilt from a 1980 advertisement from Kiracofe & Kile,

A reproduction by 
 Edith May Lawson, 1984,
documented by the Indiana project.

You might think it needs something in the center....

Here's the most ambitious.

From Sue Garman's blog. She called it Flower Circle.

Much like one in the Ken Burns collection.

The basics.
Found this leafless wreath floating around in cyberspace.
New? Old?

Monday, October 22, 2018

H-h-h-hard to see the H's

There was a question about this colorful mid-20th-century top.
Pattern name?

I didn't recognize it but once I parsed it out I realize it is a Kansas 
City Star pattern
"4-H Club Quilt"
from 1932

Carrie Hall pieced it in Four-H Colors.
From the Helen F. Spencer Museum of Art

Four H is a club for rural kids interested in agriculture, biology, crafts, home arts etc.

Here's their trademark

4-H project dress from the 1930s displayed at the
Wisconsin Museum of Fiber Arts

Nashville in 1961

Monday, October 15, 2018

Chains & Paths

I saw this quilt in an online auction a few months ago.
It's a great effect from some simple patchwork.

About 1900
Just a lot of simple patchwork.

The basic unit is the quarter circle in a square
that we would call a Drunkard's Path block.
That yellow embroidery is a nice touch.

The repeat is a block like this
set on point

This arrangement and shading set all over has a BlockBase number
#1455, published by the Kansas City Star in 1942 as Chain Quilt.

I've got some other examples. This one from the Tennessee Project
and the Quilt Index is by Frankie Tatum Williams, made in Mississippi, about 1900.

Hard to date from the photo

Both of these are set on the square

A detail of Frankie's shows you the shading, all the half
circles are one shade, all the backgrounds another---look like Turkey reds.
The units are rotated --- two corners go up and down, the other two corners go down and up.

Elvispeth blog shows a contemporary version.

Here's a related block.

#1458 Only one rotation with two different shadings.
Three of the units go one way, the tail section is rotated.

Switch out the shading and make half the backgrounds dark and half light.

Quilters Newsletter attributed it to the Kansas City Star, but I've never found the original clipping. They called it Dove and it does look like a bird in flight, particularly if you isolate the four patch with alternate plain block or sashing.

In a house quilt I found floating around online.

Set all over it has a different number #1459.
But the differences are so subtle that I overgeneralized.

We're going to have to ignore

Here's Aunt Martha's Vine of Friendship
first published in 1932. 
Needs a new BlockBase # 1459.5

Things are getting tricky.
Aunt Martha published Diagonal Stripes in 1958. It's not quite the same.
Needs a new BlockBase number 1459.7

No rotation, all the curves go the same way
but half are dark quarter circles and half light.
And one last chain.
A different rotation of the four units with 2 dark quarter circles and 2 light.

A vintage example. How old?

My mind is boggled.

Here's Aunt Martha's pattern for related blocks. If you print it out 7" wide you'd have a pattern for a unit about 3-1/2".

Monday, October 8, 2018

Gypsy Trail or Snake in the Hollow

A strange pattern but it's just a double fan.

Two fans in each block

The small red curved piece is what catches your eye.

It's in BlockBase as #3353, but the published names Gypsy Trail and Snake in the Hollow come from 1970s publications. It must have been published earlier in the 1940-1970 years. These three quilts look to be from that date.
UPDATE:  OR do they? After thinking about this I think they must all come from the Quilters Newsletter pattern Snake in the Hollow in 1978.

From the Quilt Index
This one's in the collection of the Museum at Michigan State University. I
think it was once in Merry Silber's collection. The dealer said it was found
in an Indiana attic.

I made a QuickQuilt in BlockBase of #3353.
And that's the only one I am going to make---
A lotta curved seams.