Album quilt top dated 1953, Texas
I have a short article in the new issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine comparing quilt style in the past to quilt style "Then & Now." To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year we are going backwards in time. The May/June 2020 feature focuses on the 1950s.
"The 'Fifties Quilt' might be recalled as a low point in quilt history when enthusiasm for modern design, faith in industrial production and novel sewing machine technology combined to cast old-fashioned handwork into a dark age. Yet quilters soldiered on amid synthetic fabrics, clashing new shades and a fashion for large-scale prints rather unsuitable for precision patchwork."
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We do these short histories in two pages so I have lots of pictures that didn't fit. Here are photos of some quilts dated in the 1950s to give you an idea of the era.
One problem in working at the time was finding fabric suitable for patchwork.
The scale was too large and the color range too wide.
Each piece of fabric was a little composition in itself
Combining all those compositions into one whole was often a challenge
1957 for Mrs. Ball, a 3rd grade teacher
Dye technology improved to the point when mills could
produce any color and combine any colors into the same print.
The idea seems to have developed that any color went with any other color.
And more was better.
Probably not a bad idea.
Crossroads by Sujata Shah
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