QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
The 1920 census found Mittie living with her parents and four siblings on a farm on the Bringle Ferry Road southeast of Salisbury in Rowan County. Sources tell you she was listed as a quiltmaker in this census but there is no evidence of that.
See the 1917 quilt here: http://mckissick.uofsccreate.org/exhibitions/quilts/gallery/barnyard-crazy-quilt/And the 1920 quilt here: https://quiltindex.org//view/?type=fullrec&kid=21-17-2950
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Let's say it's 1890 and you want to make one of these popular rose quilts. You'll need some Turkey red, something for contrast like a pink, yellow or orange. And of course a lot of green for all those leaves and stems and coxcombs.
Despite all that green in nature dyers and chemists had no reliable vegetable or mineral dyes to create what you are looking for. They could color cotton blue; they could color cotton yellow in a single step---but green was problematic. They solved that problem centuries ago by learning to dye fabric blue over yellow (or vice versa).
Some applique artists decided that blue was the perfect shade for the leaves and stems.
Indigo blue plus chrome yellow produced a good green. The only problem (and it was a big one) is that chrome yellow is discharged by acid solutions.