QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Two of a Kind

Kim sent a photo of this basket quilt she saw at an antique shop.
 Isn't it strange to have 2 handles? That's like Sunbonnet Sue having two feet.

Then while scrolling through the Quilts of Tennessee pictures on the Quilt Index I found this.
A trend?

See the original quilt from about 1900 at the Quilt Index by clicking here:

Of course baskets often do have two handles.


Sujata said...

How cool is that? I love those baskets with two handles! LOVE!! LOVE! LOVE!

irishgirlsews said...

It really does make sense, baskets almost always have 2 handles.....right?? I'm just starting a new blue/white tree of life quilt, can't wait to begin. Blue was my moms favorite color, so it is dedicated to her.

Becky in VA said...

I came back to take another look at the two-handled baskets and see that the comment I made yesterday never appeared. :-(

My comment was about 2-handled basket blocks just seeming weird and wondering if it was just a Tennessee (region) thing.

The wobbly red handles - why did she use red - make me laugh!

Barbara Brackman said...

I've had a few complaints about the comment box lately. Comments not being posted, etc.
Just keep trying is all I can suggest. Re: 2 handled baskets---with all that sewing skill at one handled baskets why would you feel the need to add another?

Anonymous said...

Barbara, would this be a region pattern? While 2 handles makes sense as a real basket, I prefer one handle on quilts. Perhaps I tend to be very traditional lol

Julie in TN

Alice said...

I love the two handled basket. It is usually the softsided baskets that have two handles. This woman was probably very literal.

Karen said...

I am the one who sent you the picture of the two handled basket from the antique mall. When I found the quilt in the store, I did not notice that it had two handles. I was concentrating more on the fact that it was a basket design, blue & white, and in such good condition. It wasn't until I downloaded the photos from the camera onto the computer that I noticed the double handles. Strange because how could you not notice it. At first, it looked like a double exposure but I used a digital camera. Interesting that you found information about another quilt with double handles. I did not purchase the quilt.

Barbara Brackman said...

Sorry, Karen, to get your name wrong. I can't read my own writing.It's interesting that the baskets themselves are also the identical pattern. One is so nicely done and the other so wobbly.

Louise said...

I've never seen a basket quilt like that. The two handles give it the illusion of being three dimensional. Maybe the maker intended that?