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.


  1. Oh what a great quilt! I love the blocks. Patriotic quilts are some favorites:)


  2. Thanks for posting the block sources. When you compare the number of blocks published in the 20s and 30s compared to the number of quilts made from those patterns, it seems really small. So even though the pattern is familiar, the quilt probably is rare.

  3. Beautiful! I've never seen one like it.

  4. I have a block from this pattern but that is as far my that quilter went! I'll dig it out and post this week.

    Love this quilt...

  5. What a fun bold quilt!! I love the variety and placement of each color in each block. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Lots of triangles in this quilt. I like that there is not a definite pattern to the place of red and blue stars. It gives the quilt an unexpected setting. Thank you for sharing.

  7. These red, white and blue blocks are great.

  8. Love all that variation - keeps the eye looking round and round again!

  9. Terrific patriotic quilt! Its one of those quilts that seem simple at first glance but that actually, you can keep looking at again and again and seeing new things. Terrific exploration of possibilities in one block by the quilter.


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