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Since we have agreed to like the 30's quilts here, I thought I'd post a particularly cute flower basket quilt - it may actually be from the 1940's - I really like the blue framing, and the fact that they used different fabrics for the different flowers and baskets.
The green triangles of patches make the "flowers" look like stars when you look at them a certain way...
ca. 1850's, large and beautifully quilted....
This is an early rose applique quilt from the mid 19th century - note that the larger flowers are built up in 5 layers of applique.
More pictures of the quilt can be seen here: Sharon's Antique Quilts
It's a tied crazy quilt that I bought for its backing - I didn't know it was a crazy quilt until I owned it! But the backing is this gorgeous, shabby rose bouquet fabric:
Lots of neat fabrics in that one; this one is a little plainer....
The stars are made by stitching with bright colored yarn around a tin template that looks like a little flower or star with a hole in the center. Then the star is cut out and the yarn trimmed to create the effect seen here.
One of my Mennonite friends told me that girls at the local Mennonite school used to stitch these at home, then assemble them at school into a quilt for fund raising. Depending on the number of colors used ant the way they're arranged the result can be striking.
It's a heavy quilt, made from corduroy, wool blankets and suiting, jersey knits and any number of fabrics - and in a variety of patterns as well. It's not quilted but tied at intervals with alternating red and blue heavy threads. And what's even more fun is that the other side is patchwork too
It may or may not be a work of art, depending on how you see it, but it certainly is bright and visually stimulating. I found it to be a lot of fun!
This discussion has been WAAAY too quiet; let's liven it up and show off some quilts!!
Here's one from the middle third of the 19th century, with lots of applique and beautiful quilting
Late 19th century log cabin "barn raising" quilt in four favorite PA Dutch colors.