Dark ground prints, one with a cracked ice figure, a version of a floral trail.
Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, attributed to
Chester County, Pennsylvania
This lovely quilt is undated but consistent with the nine-patch quilts we've been looking at
inscribed from about 1785-1810.
Light ground and dark ground chintzes featuring floral trail style sets
Copp Family Nine-Patch, Connecticut
Estimated date 1790-1810
Beyond patchwork pattern, style characteristics here are a high-contrast color scheme
using very dark ground prints I'd call brown and very light prints or plain white.
Detail from the Copp quilt
Much like one dated 1808 by Ester Carter
Ester's uses more limited fabrics
For more about early nine patch quilts see this post
Martha Frances Dabney Collier (1744-1815), About 1790, Virginia
Collection of Colonial Williamsburg
This star and tulip medallion is quite worn, showing the particular problems with dark brown cottons and linens. The mordants weaken the fibers so the dark colors wear before others.
Connecticut project & the Quilt Index
Star quilt, Smithsonian Institution
These are not the kind of patchwork you see in Great Britain.
I'd guess it is an American style.
The undated quilts are attributed to about 1790-1810 based on the popularity of dark ground chintzes as described by Peter Floud and the date-inscribed examples shown in the last post.
From the Michigan Project
This almost a wholecloth quilt is so minimal it's modern.
The appeal of the dark/light style is the simplicity of the high contrast look.
Elizabeth Wilber, Old Sturbridge Village Collection
Then there are style subcategories.
A border or flounce or a red and white toile.
From the Massachusetts project and the Quilt Index
Smithsonian, no information
Detail of a quilt from Susan Greene's collection, now in the DAR Museum
In the comments here Susan Greene, author of Wearable Prints 1760-1860, directed me to some pages in her book about the dyestuffs and colors that made these browns. See page 135-142.
Tomorrow we talk about the color of the dark ground fabrics.