Tuesday, June 14, 2011

For Flag Day, Patriotic Dolly Madison's Star

c. 1920, believe about 84" square
In honor of flag day, I thought I'd post an unusual red, white and blue, patriotic quilt.  I believe I only have 2 in my antique or vintage collection.  I generally collect scrappy, funky quilts but this one caught my eye, probably because of the creative color placement to make several different looks.  Interesting to study it and wonder why all 5 of the blue center, red point blocks are the same BUT

need sunglasses for the red and burgundy
 there are 5 different arrangements in the 11 blue point blocks --- look closely.  Here are 3 of them.
I also like the fearless use of the burgundy border with the tomato red (very large scale polka dot) in the blocks.  See the middle photo to see how clash-y it is.  The block is Brackman #2241: Dolly Madison's Star (Finley 1929) or President's Block (Nancy Cabot, 1930's) or Santa Fe (Hearth and Home 1885 -1930's).  This block seems to be pretty uncommon, not sure if I've even seen any others.  Please contact me if you have one, I'd love to see other examples.
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