Flavin sent a snapshot of a quilt with an unusual pattern.
She thinks it's from Alabama.
It's not that the piecing is unusual, it's just a star made of diamonds, but the shading and the way the star is finished off as a circle seems unique.
Several characteristics indicate it's a Southern quilt from the end of the 19th century.
- The fan quilting (see it in the border.)
- The wide sashing pieced of strips
- The color scheme of solids with chrome orange as the neutral or the background. (See the last post for a Carolina applique with a yellow ground.)
Not that Southerners were the only quilters who thought chrome orange made a perfect background.
Here's a Pennsylvania quilt from an on-line auction. Women in southeastern Pennsylvania used a lot of the shade between 1875 and 1925.
Shades of reddish-brown solids are sometimes used as a substitute for a brighter, more expensive red.
The idea of yellow-orange as a background continued into the 20th century. Purple and yellow---perfect complements. (Mid-20th-century yellow golds are dyed with other dyes. Chrome is poisonous and not used in the U.S. anymore.)
Chrome orange in a Whigs' Defeat design.
(The South? Mid to Late 19th century?)
That pieced sashing and the large blocks on the square makes me think late-19th century.
The fabric also made a terrific accent color.
Berks County, Pennsylvania
This one could be from anywhere.
Do a web search for:
chrome orange reproduction quilt
and you will come up with some sources for this shade in solids.
Buy 5 yards....You need it.
(I know, I'm an enabler.)
See more quilts with chrome orange from the Quilt Index
This one from Iowa is probably end of the 19th-century rather than Civil-War-era as the family thought.
From the DAR Museum
From Quilts of Tennessee
From the New England Quilt Museum
And view my posts with chrome orange quilts here: