The examples I see in online auctions tend
to look mid-20th century.
Pieced & appliqued, a rather singular single tulip.
More common 4-way version
Like most string quilt variations there was no
Stitchers adapted common tulip designs.
Often a modified version of this Ladies' Art Company
design called Four Tulips
Madge Zeigler's collection
But the pattern is simpler---no complex curves
And even though I cannot find a published pattern for that
simpler pieced tulip it was quite the thing; this one maybe 1940s
or '50s from Ileana Villazon's inventory.
And here's another version that looks to be about 1900
(dated by the claret wine print sashing) with that characteristic
South Carolina coastal taste for a chintz-scale border.
The best known example of the string tulip may be a
single tulip on the cover of the Georgia Quilts book.
Made by sisters Mary Elizabeth Sullivan Parham (1869-1957)
& Annie Sullivan Parham (1876-1965). Both Sullivans married Parhams.
I mentioned this quilt in my book Making History: Quilts & Fabric
This is not quite the same story as the one I copied in the book
and it's not quite clear which is correct.
See Mary Lizzie's Find-A-Grave file:
The idea of a single tulip was rather unusual before the Georgia book but the cover was such a knock-out that many were inspired by the Parham quilt.
Including friends Buffy & Nifty
Like Buffy (Sally LeBoeuf), I used striped fabric:
See a pattern in my book Making History
Georgian Tulips---Look for a pattern on Etsy
String Tulip, Sue Maddox at Cowslip Workshops
Here's the pattern from Making History (on its side to
fit on a sheet of printer paper.)
I've been thinking about the more common pieced four-way design.
Since it's not in BlockBase I thought I'd draw a pattern for the
This fits on an 8-1/2" wide sheet.
And here's one quarter---larger.
Like most string pieced designs it seems to have been a Southern favorite.
The New Jersey Project found this one attributed to
Elizabeth Glass (1867-1938) of Crosswicks, New Jersey.
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