QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
In February, 1912 Elizabeth Daingerfield of Lexington, Kentucky published a pattern in Ladies' Home Journal in an article on "Kentucky Mountain Quilt" designs, emphasizing their Southern regionalism. She also told you how to sew this block (sort of). You pieced circles and then appliqued them to the background.
"A really handsome effect is obtainable in the design ... known as the 'Seven Star.'
"The entire circle is of pieced patchwork appliqued to the muslin only by the few lines of running stitches. The quilting is done after all the squares in which the pattern is shown, alternating with white, have been sewed together, the whole being lined and padded."
The best way to make a pattern seems to be using BlockBase+ to draw an outline block the size you want it and then make templates from the patches in the drawing. You get the basic shapes here but you stitchmeisters know what to do.
I'd print the pattern above four times on freezer paper and cut a piece of every patch and do it EPP style. I am sure some easing will be required in the final stages. Or as Daingerfield advises, applique it to the background.
3 posts here at my Civil War Quilts Blog;
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
We like round numbers on our dating estimates so many quilts are dated 1840-1860 when specific styles of fabrics, patterns and techniques were popular. Looking at the first year of those style trends I was surprised to find how few quilts in the files are actually dated 1840.
I've got 15, compared say to the year 1844 when I have files on over 40. Temperance Benson's quilt, which may have taken her years, is not a novel style as several hexagon mosaics are dated in the first quarter of the 19th century.
The New Garden Meeting quilt is an early friendship quilt as well as an early red and green. The fashion for gift blocks with names of friends and relatives would explode in the mid 1840s. There are a few blocks in quilts dated 1839 and some quilts that are from that year. Below some 1840 examples.
"I’ll bless the dayIf 1840 was indeed the year the quilt was made and given to Young it would be the earliest album in Baltimore style. Again, the date may mean something else, perhaps when Jason met Young. The quilt is an outlier and I'm inclined to think it was made within the twenty year fashion for these distinctive quilts: 1842-1862. See a post from the Museum here:
That we first met
Yet never thee I will forget.