Applique Quilt by Mary Parks Lawrence, Kentucky,
from the Kansas Quilt Project
Nancy by Ray Rowden from Deb Rowden's book Quilter's Stories.
See Deb's remembrance here:
Nancy Hornback, who died last month, was a quilt scholar who changed our views on applique quilts. All these quilt photos are from her chapter in the Kansas Quilts & Quilters book called "Nineteenth-Century Red and Green Applique Quilts."
Quilt by Lydia Marie Erwin Mason
Nancy was instrumental in starting the Kansas Quilt Project and maintaining it. When we began in 1986 we knew very little about what we'd find (although we thought we knew it all.) We found out right away that the red and green appliques that Nancy was looking for weren't made in Kansas. Just realizing that the design was regional was rather monumental.
Quilt by Mary Elizabeth Hamon Stoke, Kentucky
Nancy thought about the color, the symmetries, the images. She traced these to Germanic folk arts. She and I went to Germany looking for antecedents.
Quilt top by Mary A. Turley, 1869
My favorite thing her diligent research found, however, was this photo of the quilt at the top of page by Mary Parks Lawrence.
Quilt by Sarah Forsyhte Pollock, Ohio
She also made quilts, focusing on red and green applique.
With Terry Thompson she wrote two books on contemporary applique
in the traditional manner.
Any time I found a great red and green applique quilt I sent her a picture. I certainly will miss her enthusiasm.