Monday, September 30, 2019

Hospital Sketches # 9: Star of the East

Jeanne Arnieri's ready to stitch Block #9, Star of the East,
 the last in our Hospital Sketches BOM for 2019.
See the pattern here:

Worn version of a classic

Angela Steiner's is more like the antique version here.
Encyclopedia of Applique
The block was popular; it fills the square well and hasn't any difficult shapes. 
Ladies's Art Company's Mexican Rose

The common name today is Mexican Rose because that's what the Ladies' Art Company called it when they started selling a pattern in the 1890s, but the block is older.

Esther Matthews named her block the Star of the East in
her 1858 Shenandoah Sampler quilt.
Aunt Martha published it as Columbine in 1933

Mexican Rose in The Farmer's Guide quilt booklet
from the Quilt Index

Quiltmakers filled the corners with many florals,
this one from the 1930s.

Quilt dated 1853 by Ann Laughinghouse in Pitt County,
 documented in the North Carolina project.

Sampler attributed to North Carolina

Maybe 1800-1920

Extra Leaves

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Collection of the Benton County Museum in Oregon

Star of the East by Mark Lauer

Read more about the Mexican Rose here:

Sampler with an unusual version of Block 9 at top right along with
variations of Whig Rose, Coxcombs & Currants, Pineapple and Mountain Laurel

Peggy Sandfort's version of #9


Here's one Wendy Caton Reed did for her Noah & Matilda reproduction quilt.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Unknown Pattern

Here's a pattern in a quilt about 1960 that  I can't find anywhere

Equal nine patch in a nine patch. The corners have a spiky point.

Here's the closest thing in BlockBase: #1765 from
a little quilt magazine in the 1960s.

There aren't a lot of nine patches with these shapes in the corners.

About 1880 from Roberta Levin's collection

Guiding Star set all over in EQ8
 5x5 set

But there probably should be more because the point makes interesting secondary patterns. The KC Star's Guiding Star has too many seams meeting in the center square for me.

You could just make that center square one piece and it would work fine
as an all over set.

So going back to the unknown block at the top of the page.
Drawn in EQ

And set all over....

It would be easier to do as a star with a triple sashing.
But it does make an interesting stars and stripes quilt.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Whig's Defeat or Ladyfingers

From Cindy's Antique Quilts inventory; she's in Oklahoma.

Here's a pattern that's not in BlockBase, a traditional late-19th-century/early-20th-century
Southern design.

A variation of Whig's Defeat or Ladyfingers

The Lady Finger, a quaint old pattern according
to Elizabeth Daingerfield writing of Kentucky
quilts in Ladies' Home Journal in 1912.
This looks like a painting rather than a photo and shows a
different construction where the ladyfingers are in the sashing.
That sash and block construction has a BlockBase number or two or three--- #1049.

From a Jeffrey Evans auction in Virginia, now in Mary W. Kerr's collection. The caption in the book
she edited Southern Quilts says it is circa 1890, North Carolina.

This might be the easiest way to construct the design.
Two blocks, one easy applique, one some fancy pieced fans

The three examples I've got here are all set on point.

Three fingers from the Lone Star Mercantile

Fingers range from 3 to 5.
Looks late 19th century Southern.
Is the set on the square in this one?

Found this picture of a show and tell with another late 19th century version.
This one might be a little earlier, fabrics more colorfast, fancy applique border.

Blocks on point

I found a "Fancy Fan" in BlockBase (#3317), imported it into EQ8
and repeated it four times.

Here's an 8-inch pattern

I digitized some ladyfingers from an old quilt. Here's an 8" picture.
Pick your favorite finger and repeat.

Alternate the blocks. Paper piece the fans.

I do have to mention that many of the classic Whig's Defeat
quilts are what I call show-off-piecing. Piecework that looks
like applique. Diagram below. I'm not even thinking about it.

I've been focused on Whig's Defeat designs because I am moderating a Facebook page on Southern quilts. 
What's more Southern?

Click and ask to join.