Do you favor vintage or reproduction quilts over more contemporary ones? Get a little weak in the knees when looking at a breathtaking antique red and green appliqued beauty? Does your heart sing when you spy a quilt that has shirtings or madders or touches of cheddar?
Years ago, I found this quilt top in a shop just west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Not sure what initially drew my attention but I liked the pink sashing, the variety of reds, shirtings, and the one block featuring fabric from the Centennial in 1876.
It is said that dating older quilts means it is only as old as the newest piece of fabric. This particular quilt top is 1900 or so (at the latest ?). Like those of us today who pull from our stash, the quilter might have done the same thing. Most of the blocks are hand pieced though the sashing was applied by machine. Notice the frugality - the red and black check (known as Garibaldi red) square has been pieced to make a complete square.
The block pattern goes by numerous names according to Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Blocks...4X Star, Churn-Dasher, Five Patch Star, New England Block, Greek Cross and my very favorite - Father's Choice.
Not sure if it was a group effort as the work is quite consistent. Did a single quilter sit quietly of an evening, pulling scraps of fabric from her basket as thoughts and dreams circled in the room around her? It has never been quilted or tied and is in quite good condition with a few minor stains. It is whispering to me..."please add a nice batting and a simple backing so I can be shared with everyone...my quilter would like that." Maybe an all over classic Baptist Fan to add soft curves...keep whispering...I am listening...
Oh! I suppose you would like to know the winner of the Quilt Book Giveaway...just had to watch our Packers go 7 and 0 in the season! I will wander over to that name-filled pumpkin...who will it be...??
And.....it is Carrie from A Passion For Applique! Carrie has a great blog with lots of wonderful posts that include applique and informative tips...be sure to give her a visit.
That's it for now...have a good week and listen for whispers...you never know where they might come from.