Eagle with reverse applique
and rather unusual talons.
This eagle of polka-dotted, navy blue print is in the corners of a four-block Princess Feather quilt in the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, from the Linda Giesler Carlson and Dr. John V. Carlson collection.
Last month at the Covered in Blue event at IQSC we got a closeup look.
Right away the blue print bothered the group examining it.
We'd seen a LOT of 19th-century indigo blue prints with dots over the weekend.
But this print was different.
Too purple for one thing. Too many dots per square inch.
It's hard to put a visual reaction into words.
The print just did not match the pattern and set which were so elegantly
The print looked 1940s....
1938 Sears catalog
The eagle with his odd appendages and reverse applique---so 19th-century.
Perhaps a mid-20th century copy of a 19th-century quilt?
What was underneath the blue polka dot?
It will remain a mystery.
IQSCM has another four-block quilt with the eagle in the border, this one
date-inscribed 1849, made by Lydia Ann Herman from the Dillow collection.
See more about this gawky eagle at a post a few years ago.