Collection of the Charleston Museum #1992.45.2
The Charleston Museum's annual quilt show comes down at the end of this month. Piece by Piece: Geometric Quilts features pieced quilts from their estimable collection. I noticed that this featured quilt, an Irish Chain variation, has a lot to do with our Antebellum Album block for this month, the block I'm calling Quaker Pride.
Becky Brown's Block #4 plus 2 setting blocks
I figured out that the Charleston quilt is two
The block of blue chintz is a double
nine patch much like the alternate block in our official set---different proportion.
The block that looks like the Quaker Pride album on point is
actually the same block shaded differently.
I've seen this simple and effective pattern in a couple of other quilts. MESDA has this pretty child's quilt from the Marion family in South Carolina. Again the double nine patch is a consistent fabric with the alternate album scrappy. A striped chintz border frames it.
Harriet Kirk Marion (1782-1856)
Berkeley County, South Carolina 58" x 44"
Collection: Museum of Southern Decorative Arts MESDA
On the reverse: a label added later says this small quilt was made for her granddaughter Harriet Marion Palmer born in 1830.
My third example is also Southern. I found it in the Georgia project book Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History.
This one is red and green and looks later than the chintz examples, perhaps made about 1860.
"Aunt Ollie's Quilt (Irish Chain Variation.) Makers said to be slaves on the Northern Glover Plantation near Albany (Dougherty County, Georgia.) 101" x 109".
I drew it up in EQ. It's a block of 25 squares based on a grid of 5.
I used 2" finished squares cut 2-1/2". Each block finishes to 10".
One block is shaded like this.
The other block is shaded like this
49 Blocks makes patchwork 70" x 70"
It would make a great charm quilt if you could control the shading
into light, mediums and darks.
With a chintz border of about 6" it would be 82" square
It's a cool design but it IS a large quilt made completely of 2" squares.
A crib quilt may be more do-able. Note the vintage examples that are over 100".
Thanks for charting the design, Barbara. It looks much more intricate than it is. I think it would work up well in any fabric genre (and scrappy as well).
Thanks, Barbara. This is a great 2-block pattern and would be good with American Hero Quilts. I could do it as a leader-ender, too!
Beautiful design. Thanks for sharing. Need to put this on my to do list. Blessings!
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