Detail of circa 1890 cotton crazy quilt top. This block and the whole quilt is chockful of great novelty and conversation prints. Love the appliqued cat who hasn't lost her mitten. Also the novelty running horse and of course, the printed patchwork aka cheater cloth (a pretty famous print).
Note: the printed patchwork star/hexagon was produced by Cocheco in about 1882.
P.s. don't forget the wavy green 'eccentric' print in the bottom right corner.
And here is one of the most known and sought after cheater or novelty fabrics: the Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan opera) this version done in a crazy quilt print. A wonderful parrot? type bird and an indigo blue leaves w/shadows print.
Here's an old fashioned button shoe applique, a horseshoe novelty and a great sampling of 1890 pinks. And below is another interesting block- reminds me of a kite or a pinwheel. Enjoy.