19th C. Folk Art – Chicago 3

Narrative wise, there isn’t much I can add to this one. The descriptive sign read: “19th Century Folk Art by Maker Unknown. Hand pieced and appliqued using a huge variety of natural dyed fabrics.” There’s a tragedy. The maker has disappeared to obscurity and the gorgeous fabrics are simply called ‘natural dyed.’ This one was at the back of the exhibit as if to say, “you thought we were winding down?” I have been a lover of the American style of patchwork for many, many years. I would say this beauty is English all the way. I will do my best to keep my editorial comments to a minimum and allow you to scroll through the detail pics.

Oh yes, squeezed that American patchwork touch into the corners. And then draw in the hexie lovers! (see below)

Here’s a detail of one of the baskets. They had embroidery over the fabric. Some have deteriorated. Looking at that flower, can you resist saying, “loves me, loves me not…”?

Another basket detail. This one embroidered and fussy cut. Don’t miss the hexies and stars.

And…another close up of the variety in this quilt.

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  1. Hi Taryn, thank you for the pictures of this beautiful quilt. I've been following Susi's work on her recreation, but wasn't getting the full impact of the original from the book picture she was posting. How wonderful to have seen it in person!!

  2. Hi Taryn! Glad you found my blog and stopped in. I just had a look at the first page of your blog and love it! I love antique quilts and needlework samplers. Since they are beyond most budgets nowadays, I recreate the look making both myself.
    I hope to have time later today to come back and look through more of your blog. Good luck with the giveaway.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  3. I'm so glad I found you! I LOVE anitque quilts and love using Judie Rothermel and others. I'm just beginning my dear jane journey, but with a twist I think… Just began bloggin in Feb., I live on Cumberland Island, GA w/no bridges to the mainland, stores, mail, nothing but Atlantic beaches and wild horses… come on over if you get a chance to visit. I'll be back OFTEN! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It's a wonderful quilt, the star of the show it seems. I think there may be a few reproductions from this one. I heard it was bought by the Festival.

  5. i contacted barbara brackman if she knew something about this wonderful quilt,and she wrote me that it was sold at an auction at christies in london to an american,susi

  6. Oh, Taryn! How lucky you were to see it in person! I love those petal flowers as well. And I agree – it is English through and through, except for those corner blocks. Maybe she was an English woman, and had started the quilt "at home". Perhaps she learned new skills in her new country and added some results of those as a finishing touch? We could go on and on, couldn't we? She must have had a lot of fun making it, though! That's probably what we can be most sure of;) Thank you for the wonderful detail shots. xo, Una

  7. Thank you so much for sharing these photos, I really adore this quilt. Wouldn't it be great to replicsate it, shame those wonderful fabrics are long gone.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. The quilt is amazing, so much to study. And I agree with other comments, what a shame we don't know about the maker.

  9. this quilt is just amazing I can't stop studying it.
    I would love to own this quilt, I may have to follow Susi's lead and make it for myself.

  10. i just would love to see it in real,but it is too far away,there is so much work in this quilt and it is really sad that the maker is unknown.thanks for the pictures,susi

  11. it's so sad there's no known maker..It's so lovely and would be nice to acknowledge the maker..
    Thanks Taryn, I love it..
    Julia ♥

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