Friday, November 21, 2014

Two 19th c Nine Patch Quilt Tops and Two Early Toiles

Two Nine Patch quilt tops, one a baby quilt, are in Dianne's collection. 

This baby quilt top has nine patch blocks and an eight pointed star block. A red background foulard sets the blocks. The outside border is a deep double pink, and chrome yellow is used for a narrow inner border.

 
 This quilt top had the Nine Patch blocks on point and set in strips.

A close up of the fabrics shows a dark pink or red narrow stripe and an unusual print that looks like a mill engraving.
 A conversation print with bad-mitten rackets and balls. Also note the little rose bud print on brown.
Dianne also has two antique copperplate print toile fabric pieces. The first is made of several pieced pink toile fabrics, likely used a bed hanging. There is fading on the side panels.
 A Chinoiserie print and Arborescent print are included in the hanging.

 The piece is bound off with a lovely blue printed fabric.
 Dianne also has a blue printed toile showing romantic pastoral scenes.


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My hometown in Western New York State has been deluged with snow! Every winter school would be cancelled because of the snow. I remember one winter when Dad had to use the second floor window to get out of the house, then had to dig his way to the door. Dad's memoirs included this photograph showing his --and my-- childhood home in the background:
I have the Western New York State folk in my heart during this record breaking snow storm.