Frans Vintage Friends

(1/21/08)

FVF met on a beautiful (very cold) Monday in Myersville, MD. A string pieced Lone Star with a bulls center on a paper foundation got us off to a great start. another unusual piece was a 1940s Yo-Yo Basket appliqu├ęd to black crepe.

A doll quilt made of Indian blanket cigar flannels was followed by a Taft-Sherman campaign handkerchief.from the 1908 presidential election. An astonishing Blazing Star quilt was bought at the AQSG auction. The individual diamonds in this full sized (1880s) quilt measure 1/2". Next up was a wholecloth of blue pillar print from Hallockville, Long Island dated 1826. Another dated quilt (1938) was a charming and unusual Alphabet. M was represented by Charlie McCarthy (remember him?), G by a globe, Q by a quill, W by a windmill.

In this political year we are all especially interested in patterns like Whigs Defeat. We saw a red and white one with diamond borders on three sides made in Leesburg, VA. We never did come to an agreement on the date and whether the quilting was more recent than the top. Imagine my surprise when the Lindberg Kidnapping quilt showed up. It's much less creepy in person than in concept. Only a single block showing the ladder leaning against the house was really scary. Most of the other blocks were portraits of people involved in the case. A crib sized President's Wreath in orange and green (3rd quarter 19th century) came from Gettysburg, PA.

The real challenge was to identify the origin of an 1840s stripy in buff and blue with a lovely, bright pink and yellow plaid in many of the blocks. The quilt came from Norfolk, England. It was obviously quilted from the back using traditional English and Welsh motifs and is signed M. Cragg. We laughed over an over-stuffed red and white Coxcomb and decided it was the most stuffed quilt (over an inch high) we'd ever seen. That is until a breath taking blue, yellow, green and red Double Irish Chain (1860-70)appeared with giant stuffed artichokes (?) in the plain blocks and an amazing stuffed border (bright blue vine with a bird, fruits and leaves all stuffed). There are many names quilted on it. The quilt was found in New Hampshire but was probably made in New York.

At the risk of starting a regional war I have to say that no New Englander made that quilt! (G) An embroidered wool Nine Patch from Frederick, MD had all sorts of images in the blocks. From the same general area (Sharpsburg) we saw a 4-block Coxcomb variation with very large flowers in urns. The same urns were in the center of the borders with trailing vines and flowers stretching the length of each side.

A Double Irish Chain from Washington Co., MD (red, green and yellow) seemed very tame after its stuffed sister except that it was a quilting sampler. An early Maryland chintz quilt (1830s fancy machine ground) appeared to be wholecloth but was actually pieced in very low contrast fabrics. The day ended with a wonderful treasure: two sets of 1850 Reel blocks from Baltimore in turkey red, orange and green with tiny leaves and berries. 14 large and 52 small blocks were probably intended for two different quilts.

Just to make the week perfect, yesterday on my way to meet my brand new (born 5 p.m. on the 22) great nephew, I had a chance to revisit the exhibit at the DAR. It's up until March 21. Don't miss it! Cinda

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