QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Atlanta History Center 3: Two More Chintz Quilts

Chintz applique quilt with 49 floral blocks attributed to the Jones
Family of Liberty County, Georgia.
Collection of the Atlanta History Center.

There are no names on these blocks.
It may all be the work of one seamstress.

We could see that this quilt was later than several of the other 
pieces we asked to see at the Atlanta History Center.

Although the techniques of cutting floral chintzes up and
stitching them to white backgrounds is the same as the earlier quilts
the chintzes in this one look different, later....

In some blocks way later.
I don't know what to make of it.

These iris do not look like a mid-19th century chintz,
although the cactus below does.

There are two cactus blocks and both are,
shall we say,
cabbaged together.


composed of tiny scraps



Another example of clever cabbaging.

The bright red sashing fabric looks 1840-1865, a great
example of a Turkey red floral from before the Civil War.
The wine red border is not so distinctive. What is the date on that?

20th century????

Let's move on to a less mysterious quilt---one that
fits nicely in our panel style chintz group 1825-1850.

This one features the fruit panel again.

We recognized a few popular chintz prints like this fountain

It was surprising to see two quilts with the United Kingdom
bouquet in the same day. Here are the roses, shamrocks, thistles and oaks again.

There are so many bird prints it's hard to keep them all straight.

A fruit panel corner

Layering tiny scraps

There are numerous chintz quilts from Philadelphia to
Charleston with this dahlia print. See a post here:



Butterflies with embroidered antennae

One more quilt tomorrow.

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