Tuesday, December 6, 2016

more polyester love

pieced quilt, polyester, Peggy Davis Harmon, North Carolina, c. 1970, 62" x 81"
This playful polyester quilt came from an eBay seller in Asheville, North Carolina. According to the item description, it was made by a woman in Madison County, the western mountains of North Carolina. I sent a note to the seller asking if we could retrieve more information, and she sent a link to the obituary of the maker, Peggy Davis Harmon (1943-2016).

The pattern has many names, such as Snowball, Windmill Design, Pinwheel, and my personal favorite from the Kansas City Star, Love in a Tangle. By the 1970s, around the time the quilt was made, it could've had dozens of names.

#1499 in Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
These designs may be found in my favorite resource for block identification,  Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, #1498 and #1499, in the "Four Patch with Curves" section. There is also a note with the two designs: 1499 and 1498 are identical if set all-over. Each block has 24 patches, and the blocks cleverly mingle to create several secondary designs.

A closer look at the fabrics shows why polyester is such a fascinating, versatile material. Woven, printed and embossed designs offered an endless variety of options. Ultimately, these fabrics infused scrap quiltmaking with dynamic new combinations of color, pattern and texture. 

1 comment:

  1. Well, that funeral announcement just made me want to know more!!!! How did you get a quilt made by a woman whose life work was documenting life in her neighborhood? I am sure you will contact the husband to see what his memories of "quilting" in his home was all about.