I know I don’t need anymore of these but I just can’t help myself. The simplicity of the pattern and the assortment of fabrics made it too good to pass up.
This is a 2 block pattern
A simple 9 patch and a square with half square triangles at the corners. when the all come together is makes a nice pattern
The small squares are 1.5 inches so the blocks are 4.5 inches (they are actually all a fraction larger) overall the quilt top is about 84 ” square.
Now how old is it? A rule for dating a quilt is that it is only as old as its newest piece. This was made with a variety of fabrics or scraps. When clothing is made there are leftover pieces of fabric after the pattern is cut out. those pieces or scraps go into the scrap bag and eventually they might be used in a quilt. The scraps can span many years and in the top that is the case. I will say 1890 for the date of the top but there are pieces of fabric in this that I believe to be much older. As you look at the pictures it might look like there is black fabric. The black is actually indigo (I always have trouble getting a true color on those pictures) or dark brown.
Here are a bunch of pictures of the fabrics. I find it so interesting to see these old designs (click pictures to enlarge)
They all come together nicely
I have to let this one sit for a while…I have so many started already…but it will be hand quilted one day.
now back to work