Monday, September 16, 2013

more blue resist

18th century indigo resist hanging over my banister - a place of honor!
My friend Georgia is very helpful when it comes to quilt history information. She's got quite a library, and a good memory for what information can be found, and where. Georgia was telling me about a book I'd had on my wish list for a long time, but hadn't gotten around to buying - "Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850" by Florence Montgomery.

Today the book arrived, and I also received a letter from Georgia with a copy of the page, 207. That's where I located the illustration of the blue resist print seen in my recently acquired quilt. Here's the illustration, and a photo of a section of the quilt.

There was also a nice surprise. A few pages after the illustration was another print- the same one from the French whole cloth quilt in my collection.

Georgia really nailed it! I had a copy of Montgomery's other book, and wasn't finding the information. Silly me- I was looking in the wrong book! Now I'm looking forward to reading more about these blue resist fabrics, how they were made, and where to find other examples. 


  1. Gorgeous quilt! Be sure to read Uncoverings 2004.Eighteenth-Century Indigo-Resist Fabrics:Their Use in Quilts and Bed Hangings
    By Mary E. Gale and Margaret Ordonez. Your print is pictured in a black and white photo of a whole-cloth quilt at the Shelburne Museum.
    This is the more recent research (that I am aware of) into these prints.

  2. is it true that most pictures are B&W in the book and only a few colour ones? And if this is correct, do you still feel the book is worth getting? Many thanks.