The quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted.
Brackman #3535 credits the pattern to Hall.
Of course I had to pull out my Kretsinger/Hall book. Plate XCVI shows a red and green Spinning Ball quilt (in blank and white). "Made of green and red calico in Kentucky about 1850 by Mrs. Mobala Logan. It is made and quilted with hand spun linen thread made in the Logan home. The colors are clear and unfaded".
This is the quilt hanging.
The maker pieced the ground fabric of multiple similar prints.
There are 56 spinning balls, most are made from two prints, but a few are multiple prints.
Some are appliqued to the ground fabric, some are inset.
Most of the purples have faded.
Not all of the 'blades' are placed in the same direction.
|Facing edge flipped back over a |
black and white Spinning Ball block
The quilt edge is finished with facing. Obviously not a technique "invented" by art and modern quilters.
I love this edge finish technique and plan to try it soon.
This facing finishes at a little under 1.5" on the back.
All of the hand quilting is completed with white thread.
No batting is used in the quilt. When held up to the light, flannel stripe scraps were used as filler. The quilt is so soft and cuddly. I can see why it was used.
Here are a few more spinning balls.
Another scrappy one - four prints asymmetrically placed.
Here you can see the ground stripe doesn't always go on the same direction.
The balls aren't all perfectly round - I love that!
This one ball is a wonderful combination of blue chambray with a black/red print.
On the left and right side you can see the seams where the circle was inset.
This ball shows one of the changes in the ground fabric.
Another oval 'spinning ball'.
Tiny hand quilting stitches.
This block is at the edge.
Partially inset and partially applique.
The maker just improvised! Part of what I think makes this a fantastic quilt.
You can also see the background fabric change in this block.
I hope you like this quilt as much as I do.
Have a great week!