It's always fascinating to come across a pair of quilts that are similar. How is it that two quilts residing in farflung collections today look so much alike?
The four-block applique above has been studied by Connie Nordstrom who has found more about 30 examples of the block. This pair came from the Skinner Auction site. They were auctioned three or four years apart. The combination of block plus border makes one wonder....
A pair of four-block quilts with similar odd blocks
Merikay Waldvogel has found several of these wreath designs in Tennessee. The one on the left is from the Winedale collection at the University of Texas; the one on the right from an on-line auction. She's concluded the pattern was a regional design, handed from Tennessee quilter to quilter. Quilts and pattern were carried west to Texas.
In the 20th century we can guess a commercial kit or a pattern is involved.
Garden Poppies, a Bucilla kit
But in the 19th century before commercial patterns were published, the mysterious pairs invite all sorts of questions. The makers must have known each other. Or perhaps one maker made two quilts, or it may have been a regional pattern. Or…
The blogger WillyWonky has posted a virtual paper on just such a pair. It's virtual in that he might have presented it for October's American Quilt Study Group Seminar. Here's what he would have done...
Anna Catherine Garnhart's 19th century quilts are so recognizable that 11 have been documented.
On the left one in the Brooklyn Museum; on the right in the Museum of the Daughters of the American Revolution. But the Brooklyn Museum has the one at the left attributed to someone else. Here's a virtual paper for someone.