Monday, January 25, 2021

Harrison Rose


An intriguing pattern: Pieced & Appliqued

First published as Harrison Rose by Marie Webster in 1915, but
she gives us little information about whence the name.

Harrison  Campaign Toile, 1840 
William Henry Harrison was elected president on
the Whig ticket in 1840 but got a case of pneumonia
at the inaugural (it's said) and died after one month in office.

Marie Webster was an Indiana native and President William Henry Harrison was considered practically a native son although he was born in Virginia, lived in Ohio and only resided in Indiana for about 15 years when he was governor of the Territory before the War of 1812. 

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
Harrison Presidential Campaign Bandana circa 1890
He rose to the rank of Brevet General in the Union Army

We assume Webster refers to the first President Harrison. His grandson, Republican Benjamin Harrison who held the office from 1889 to 1893, spent more time in Indiana. 

Lucy Howland Bassett Thatcher (1803-1894), Massachusetts
Estimated date 1840-1860
Collection of the D.A.R. Museum.

The family who donated the quilt called it Full Blown Poppy.

Once a quilt name was published in Webster's book it became the standard and we now refer to many related designs as a Harrison Rose.

From my Encyclopedia of Applique.
If you have one write in Marie Webster 1915 under #31.26.

You could buy a pattern from Women's Day in 1924,
called Harrison Rose by Virginia Dibble.
Did Ms. Dibble have an old quilt?

The Nancy Cabot column in the Chicago Tribune sold one in 1933.
Yikes, call the art department!

Carrie Hall showed this block in her 1935 book as Harrison Rose.
She copied Webster's design remarkably well. That woman could sew.

But 19th-century quiltmakers definitely passed the pattern around
way before it was published.

The Indiana Quilt Project saw this one by Mary Magdalena Shorts Ringer (1826-1898)
of Millersville. Her actual maiden name may have been Hahn.

Mary Ringer married into a family that had enough respect for the Harrisons (some Harrisons somewhere) that inlaws named a child born in Maryland 1828 Harrison Ringer and he named his son Benjamin Harrison Ringer in 1860. Mary's descendants thought the quilt was made about 1860 but they had no name for the design.

Similar quilt dated on the reverse 1861
No source.

The blogger at AnnaLenaLand was at a bedturning at the Latimer Quilt Museum
in Oregon when she photographed this variation dated 1869

Almeda Bell Dickerson (1881-1965), Texas

Here's one from the next generation of quiltmakers.

Well documented by the Texas Project

Texas-born Almeda probably made the quilt in the early 20th-century. The style with strong sashing of triple strips, border on only two sides and the solids fading to tan are good clues to that late date and a Southern origin.

Similar set in a quilt seen by the North Carolina project. The family believed
the quilt to have been made before the Civil War and buried to protect
it from marauding Yankees but the quilt looks to have been made
at least 30 years after the war.

Terry Thompson and I have traded this mid-19th century
sampler of Caesar's Crown variations back and forth over the years
On the left side a rather elaborate version of the Harrison Rose.

Not the kind of pattern one would often see in a sampler.
Much more common as a repeat block.

I decided I needed a pattern. 

The blocks above show a consistency in design with the center a rather complex pieced pattern with many names, among them Caesar's Crown published in Ruth Finley's 1929 book. But the crown is not pieced into the background; it's appliqued to the edge of the block and a stem with simple leaves extends to the side. To accommodate the stem most of the vintage designs eliminate one of the 8 spiky points on the perimeter (those points are always green.)

My plan.
Begin with the pieced wheel.

Lots to choose from in BlockBase

The closest  I could find was #3649 published as a pieced King David's Crown by the Clara Stone group of the Hearth and Home magazines about 1900.

Two options. 1) Print the pattern out and add missing lines.

Or export #3649 to EQ8 and add the straight lines in there.

As this gave me more flexibility I did that and
add those pink shapes.
Pretty darn close.
Then I began Photoshopping my EQ drawing:

Erased one green point.
And the pieced background.
Moved it over.
Added a stem.

A pattern.
It fits on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper.
Double it to fit a larger block

Read a post about the pattern here:

And see Melissa McCaskill's Pinterest page:

PS My father's name was Benjamin Harrison Brackman and my brother's is William Harrison etc. I don't think it had a darn thing to do with politics although my immigrant grandma might have been working on her citizenship test. Ben named for grandpa Harry---Harry's son.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mystery Dot


National Polka Dot day is Friday, January 22
so I looked through my polka dot file to find this rather odd dot quilt
from eBay maybe six years ago.

What is going on here---repeat wise?

I squared it up and it is still rather mysterious
Circles, squares and rectangles...

from 1935-1960?

There is a square block here:

And once you figure out where the seams are it's a pretty basic repeat.

The actual block does not have a round dot but an octagon in the center. Couldn't find it in my
Encyclopedia of  Pieced Patterns or BlockBase...

in the 358x area---Stars with
octagons in the centers.

I exported one from BlockBase to EQ8 to draw a patten and changed a few lines. That red and white drawing above would give you an 8" pattern. The square in the corner would be cut 2-5/8".

A good way to piece a dot into a square.


The set makes it unusual.

If the square is cut 2-5/8" then the sash should be cut 2-5/8".
Those strips alternate red and white.

Well that's probably enough time spent on that repeat.
The idea of alternating colors in the setting strips is interesting
but this one doesn't really work too well.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Brown Goose/Gray Goose


Looks like a Pennsylvania quilt---
color on color with no neutral,
pink, green and blue.

The pattern is a three-patch
one of the smaller categories in my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

This may be the same quilt---different exposure
or after washing and fading.

The block could be constructed as a Nine Patch
but no, there was a fashion for this three-patch.
Fewer seams, but Y seams.

#3220 in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Which tells us the oldest published version is about 1900
in the Clara Stone booklet called Old Maid's Puzzle #2.

Ruth Finley in her 1929 gave it several names, Gray Goose, Brown Goose (depending on the color)
Devil's Claws and Double Z.

A few years later the Nancy Cabot column in
the Chicago Tribune called it Old Gray Goose

This example---a Brown Goose, I assume---
is from Julie Silber's inventory. 
Date: Perhaps 1880-1900

The Quilt Index shows a few that seem to pre-date the Clara Stone pattern.

Some of the fabrics in the blocks look pre Civil-War
in this one the New Jersey project recorded as
originating in a boarding house in Atlantic Highlands
run by Mary Crane Noble.

Unknown origins from the Massachusetts project
and the Quilt Index.


Laura Lane sent this one from the collection of the New England Quilt Museum.
The center features a U.S. Grant Presidential campaign bandana (ca. 1868.)