Last week we got carried away with the well-documented lives
of the Crawford/Fawcett/Hopkins families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
This week we can look at the extraordinary quilt handed down.
90" x 98"
Wisconsin Project & the Quilt Index
The family story tells us that the quilt was made in the early 1840s on a Virginia farm in Rockingham County where three generations of women lived. Nancy Smith Crawford (about 1790-about 1860) provided a home for her widowed daughter Jane Crawford Fawcett and Jane's two daughters Frances and Nancy. About 1840 the girls' grandfather, their father's father Joseph Fawcett, visited from St. Charles, Missouri. The story says he brought a gift of fabric, the cottons for this quilt.
a little larger than the conventional calicoes seen in quilts after 1840. A good deal of plain white backs the florals.
When striped effects were quite the fashion in day dresses
Why is the quilt extraordinary?
1) Age + condition
2) Visual appeal
3) Fabrics --- See above
4) Early example of a style & pattern. The pattern the family called Peony is a rather early fashion in red and green quilts, the color palette that became the rage in the early 1840s.
Quilt dated in the quilting 1840, Lucy Faris
National Museum of American History
Date-inscribed 1843-1845, Pink Phillips
One of Pink's teal blue-green blocks
Quilt date-inscribed 1845, Patsy Buckner Blakey, Missouri
One could look at the busy block and the busy set as a transitional style....
5) Much provenance or history that can be corroborated in records. See last week's post.
The fabric seems like great inspiration for a new line. Hint - Hint
The stems are different from block to block -- adding some movement (and humor?) to the design.
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