Cotton Boll or Anthemion, classical imagery in quilt design
See a post about Anthemia here
From the Connecticut project & the Quilt Index
Laurel Wreath, a classical image signifying honor
Self-appointed or not.
Typical floral image in Germanic colors, motifs and arrangement.
Pennsylvania German candle box dated 1792
Painted detail from a Pennsylvania chest about the same time
from the Barnes Collection
From a Baltimore album quilt, Woodard & Greenstein photo
Newspaper masthead from Baltimore in 1846
Detail of a quilt in the Sharon Newman collection at
the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Some patterns became standards.
From the Kentucky project & the Quilt Index
While others seem one-of-a-kind, perhaps drawn from nature.
For the next few days we'll look at the influence of botanizing, a 19th-century
word for collecting and classifying plants, a popular women's hobby.