Friday, February 11, 2022

Early Snowfall in the Best of Morris Prints


Early Snowfall
An EQ8 sketch for a quilt pieced from my Best of Morris collection:
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The inspiration: An early quilt from the New Jersey project & the Quilt Index

A Nine-Patch Star alternated with a Square in a Square block.

Set on point

This design is set on the square and uses a similar block.
I changed the proportions on the alternate block to fit the star.

Rotary Cutting the 2 blocks:
12" Finished Blocks

We generally call this star Ohio Star.
BlockBase #1691a

You can change the size by printing out BlockBase #4141 any size.

The New Jersey quilt isn't the only pre-1840 quilt to use this kind of repeat.

The Tennessee project photographed one attributed to Lucy Doolittle Stebbins. Lucy Doolittle
Chapin was born in Hampden County, Massachusetts; married Aaron Warner Stebbins in 1805 and had 7 children. She died in 1887 in Mansfield, New York.

That alternating pieced block set is kind of sophisticated design,
more common after 1850 as in this circa 1900 version.

A McCall's pattern for a "Colonial Quilt"

We might call it a variation of a Snowball.

#1001 in BlockBase
But a Snowball is based on a Nine-Patch, not a star.
Stars not in BlockBase

Different star, same idea, mid-20th century


Solids give you a place for quilting.

And then there are scrappy prints in the alternate squares.
Simple patchwork/complex fabric.

More on snowball variations:
Phoebe in the snow.

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