QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues. It's not all blue.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Abba May Alcott's Garden Path Quilt

Quilt attributed to Abigail May Alcott  (1800-1877),
collection of Orchard House Museum in Massachusetts, the Alcott family home.

This four-patch strip quilt may be the perfect reproduction quilt for my new Moda
collection Old Cambridge Pike.


Abba Alcott, Marmee to Little Women author Louisa May Alcott,
is said to have made this quilt in the mid-19th-century.

Abba Alcott towards the end of her life
in the library at Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts,
which is along the Old Cambridge Pike.

See more about Orchard House Museum here:

I found a photo in the Quilt Index. The quilt they call Garden Path
was documented by the Massachusetts project.

It's pink and brown......
Combine Old Cambridge Pike with
Laundry Basket's Silver Linings for a wide range of shades.



Silver Linings from Laundry Basket Quilts and Moda

Detail of the original Garden Path,
perhaps a little pink in the photo.



I thought the larger stripe in Old Cambridge Pike would be great for the alternate
strips. It comes in three colorways, one pink, two browns.

The repeat in the stripe is a little over 2"
so your fussy cut strips might be cut about
4-1/2" or 6-1/2".

I'd already figured out a pattern in EQ7 and posted it a few months ago.


You could also use 5" Charm Squares for the four-patch squares.

The four-patches finish to 9" square and are set with pieced triangles cut 7-5/8" square and then sliced to make 4 triangles.


An early illustration of Marmee and the Little Women


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