by Ilyse Moore
Nineteenth-century variations on the layered triple lilyThe fourth regional applique design for the Northern Lily/Southern Rose Block of the Month is a triple lily reminiscent of the applique quilts from the area cultural historians call the Midlands, which is centered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. Midlands Lily seems a good name for a pattern quite popular in the area around the time of the Civil War.
Midlands Lily by Susan Stiff
Susan used pieces from my Civil War Reunion collection with a Moda Bella Solid green.
This triple floral design is often interpreted as a tulip but lilies were also depicted in profile.
Angel by Leonardo DaVinci
Lilies have a long history of symbolic use in Christian iconography. Renaissance painters often depicted the Angel of the Annunciation handing Mary a white lily, a symbol of purity.
Angel by Botticelli
This shot of the digital sketch shows the colors in Susan's version better.
Here's my version in the traditional Germanic folk art colors of red, green and yellow.
I stuck the leaves in where they fit.
I don't think it matters as long as the design has some balance to it. (You can see why I am glad debi, Ilyse and Susan are making these blocks too.)
This is one of nine regional applique patterns in the Block of the Month Northern Lily/Southern Rose that Moda and I are offering in the year of the Civil War Centennial.