I have frequently been asked which quilt or quilt top is my favorite. I usually answer that my favorite is the one I am currently working on. I do however seem to go in spells when it comes to which I am drawn to.
For quite a while I have been more drawn to the quilt tops that are pre-1920. I think the reason is that (at least in my head) older is better. The older I get the more I believe this applies to people as well.
I have many quilt tops from that era…and they very often are rather somber in color. They have a lot of black and white prints that read as gray (mourning fabric), and there are fewer pastels, and more dark colors.
Here are a few examples (click to enlarge)
In the 30’s there were more pastels, pink and green was popular, prints almost always had more than 2 colors in them. The fabrics of the 30’s remind me of Easter eggs. Here are some examples (click to enlarge)
I Am currently working on the Basket of lilies quilt.
I am really enjoying the cheery colors!…for a few years now I have avoided the quilt tops from the 30’s and 40’s…but currently they are my favorites…this goes in spells so in a few months I will likely be back to favoring 19th century quilts.
I have a quilt top on the same pattern as the one I am working on now (however it is not one point). The difference is that it is much older. The colors look strange but you have to imagine what it looked like when it was new. In this top the green dye did not hold up …it faded over time and is now tan.
I’m guessing that this one is 50 years older than the one I am working on now.
I think the colorful one is a lot more interesting!
Perhaps I’m drawn to the colors in the first one because its time for spring….whatever the reason the 30’s quilts and quilt tops make me happy.
If anyone is interested I will draw up a pattern for the Lily basket block and post for you to download…leave a message in the comments section so I know that there is interest.