I passed on this quilt last year. I tried to talk a friend into buying it. She passed on it too. Last month when I stopped into to this local treasure filled shop and it was still there. It spoke to me this time, and now I call it mine.
The quilt block is called Indian Puzzle, Snowball, Steeplechase, Jockey Cap and Rob Peter to Pay Paul. (Brackman 1450). It is entirely hand pieced.
I love the little dress. It is only 18" long. Completely hand stitched. Even the little loops for the back closure hooks are hand sewn.
Initially I was calling this quilt a bow tie.
A quick look in Brackman and it is True Lovers Knot (1429b) set in groups of four. I especially like the scrappy blocks. Stripes in multiple directions, light blue used as a 'light' in one block and 'dark' in another and multiple reds in one block. This quilt is hand pieced and tied with pink thread. The thread looks like it could be a cotton like Pearl cotton.
It is filled with a wool blanket. There was a spot in the binding I could check.
I have a small collection of aprons. This one is entirely hand stitched. Two tuck rows and a pulled thread hem.
Close up photos:
|Dress back closure detail|
|Classic chrome, indigo, mourning and dots|
|Wonderful hand piecing|
Have a great week!
Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns ISBN 0-89145-815-8
A must have book for quilt study.
The book is out of print. If you find a reasonably priced copy - grab it.
If you own a copy - treasure it.