Monday, May 22, 2017

Sugar Loaf as a Square Block

A variation on the star block I showed last week.
This design seems to have been a Southern pattern,
done in the signature shades of chrome orange, blue and brown solids.

Here's a great example in the same colors. No source, just
found it floating around on the internet.

Hearth & Home magazine published the design
as Sugar Loaf in the early 20th century and that
may be the source of some of  the quilts

Here's a block set in sashing of  a light shirting print.

This one might have once been red, white & green.
The problem with the end-of-the-19th-century
solid cottons was their fugitive nature. They often
faded to tan and in this case almost completely to white.

Perhaps 1910-1940/
If you get tired of all those diamonds you could alternate a
simpler similar block.

 Mary Jane Reese Findley, Rusk County, Texas, about 1885.
Texas project & the Quilt Index.

Mary Jane's variation has more diamonds in the triangles--- Hers is set with sashing
in that characteristic Southern brown solid, but most of her diamonds are prints.

One could see the design as related to the triangular block also known as Sugar Loaf

From Cindy's Antique Quilts

Possibly inspired by the classic star of diamonds.

Monday, May 15, 2017

BlockBase 2719: Key West Star

BlockBase 2719
About 1900

This is a full-size quilt so those blocks are pretty large.
I have three examples of this design pieced in similar colors from
the turn of the last century.

But I haven't been able to find a period pattern than might
have inspired the red, white and blue quilts.

The design was published in the 1970s by Jeff & Beth Gutcheon
as Key West Star but these tops are older than that.

The Gutcheon name was probably inspired
by a more common design Key West Beauty,
which is more of a kaleidoscope than a star.

There are several ways you could piece this and come up
with the same graphic results, but none of my ideas here
has a BlockBase number or a name.

As a 4-pointed star block, cutting the white diamonds in half
the long way

As a Four Patch with more pieces but the same look. Blue diamonds cut into 2 triangles.
If you loved set-in seams: as an all over with the blue  and white shapes here as diamonds
rather than pieced of two triangles.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bleeding Heart

Late-19th-century design from an online auction.
Mid-19th- century version from an online auction

Thought to be from Bronxville, New York.

It's a mystery pattern. 
If appliqued it should be on page 72 of my Encyclopedia of Applique
 in the 9.9: Four Miscellaneous elements

A pretty miscellaneous bunch of patterns

Related design from the Cattaraugus County Museum in New York.
Same elements---hearts and diamonds.

This quilt is on display in their quilt show until the end of May.

Here's a variation with five units.
Attributed to Abigail Fairchild Hedges (1785-1863) 
Collection of the Newark Museum

On the reverse of this quilt is a typewritten label:
 "Bleeding Heart. / A Bride's Quilt, made by Abigail Fairchild. / Combination of patch and applique. / Abigail Fairchild born Newton, Ct. 1785,/ married Charles Hedges in Wheeling, (then / Virginia) 1811. / Loaned by Mrs. John Toohy, New Milford, Conn."
It was donated in 1963 by Roy Denslow.

Abigail Fairchild was born in Newton, Connecticut. She married Charles Hedges on January 1, 1811 in the frontier town of Wheeling in western Virginia. Hedges was from Frederick, Maryland. She is buried in Ohio County, West Virginia.

But are these designs appliqued? When you see a floral in a circle check to see if there are seams extending to the edge of the circle.

It would be easy to applique the center.
Beyond that---real show-off piecing.

Related to these pieced designs, perhaps. All three were published in the 20th century as Bleeding Heart.

I came across this photo of a quilt in Bill Volckening's collection.
Hearts surrounded by diamonds & triangles. Another variation on the Bleeding Heart?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wheel of Fortune

Wheels with spokes.
The pattern seems to be from the last half of the 19th century.
You don't see it before the Civil War
although there are others kinds of wheels
like Mariner's Compasses & Sunflowers.

Once they got popular there were lots of variations

Here are two pages from the PDF of
my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

The most common name was Wheel of Fortune

Patterns varied from four spokes to forty.

We often see it as a signature quilt, a fundraiser or memory quilt.

This red. white and blue variation may have raised money for
a patriotic cause by charging for signatures.

Marie Webster in her 1915 book showed this one and
called it Wheel of Fortune. She is often the original source
for our pattern names.

A fundraiser dated 1896

Most of them seem to date from about 1880 to 1950

A Southern quilt perhaps, mid 20th century?

I bet this one had a colored zig-zag set once,
but the dyes in solid color about 1900 were quite unreliable.

Prints were probably a smarter choice as they were
more colorfast.

Circular designs were particularly popular in wools in the early 20th century.
This one from Julie Silber's Quilt Shop.

The pattern had a real revival after 1930
when people called it Dresden Plate.

Quilt columnist Eveline Foland called it True Lover's Buggy Wheel
in the Kansas City Star.

40 Spokes!
About 1960

The spokes could be pieced too. Foland gave
the pattern for a Wheel of Fortune in the Star.

48 spokes in the outside ring.
It's a pattern you occasionally see---
Not enough of them out there.

This Alabama quilt from the Birmingham Museum of Art looks like the spokes may
be string-pieced rather than cut with a template.

If you want a pattern look in BlockBase.

Here's a contemporary look from....

Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

Becky Goldsmith's Everyday Best