Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cheddar Cotton Crazy - Great Novelty Prints

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.

Here's the full top.  You can see all the different blocks and large variety of piecing and appliques.  Quite a charming conglomeration.  Do an eye spy of all the motifs:  hearts, more mittens, boot, mirror, cross and more.

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.   

More terrific fabrics:  jockey cap/horse shoe conversation print; blue and black floral print from Hamilton Print Works printed 1881 (Lowell, Mass.) along with a moire or wood look print in pink; a border print; an ombre pink polka dot and a blue crinkle type print.  The Hamilton print is also found in red, tan and green.
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.


  1. What a fun quilt with wonderful prints!!

  2. Great quilt top. How fun is that to look at every block finding treasures. What setting did you find this top when you bought it?

  3. Fascinating! I love this vintage piece. What a treasure trove of prints, and an interesting way in which they have been put together.

  4. Amazing!...I could look at all those fabrics for hours..such a treasure!

  5. I love your vintage quilt top! I'd like to borrow it for a few hours, put the tea kettle on, and study those prints to my heart's content! I'm glad you shared it with us.

  6. Such an interesting variety of conversational and other vintage prints...wish the fabric guys would bring more of those out in reproductions. Marcus did a good job a while back but they are about all but gone.

    Very different setting too.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thanks for all the great comments. Love the cheddar fabric and unusual setting and all the great fabrics.

  8. Hi Sandra,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Thought I'd return the favor, and I am enchanted with this quilt and the great prints in it. Earlier this century (LOL) I worked as an antique quilt restorer for Rocky Mountain Quilts when the business was based here in GJ. That's where I gained my love of quilts in general but crazies in particular!

  9. Fabulous quilt!! Love love love the fabrics! Thanks for all the photos.

  10. This quilt is so beautiful! Love all those old fabrics!


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