Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Earth Tone Beauty

Bigham Family Quilt, mid-to-late 19th century
This beautifully made pieced quilt came from Tennessee and descended through the Bigham family of Marshall County. The quilt is 84 & 1/2" x 73" and includes chunky, striped piecing rather than sharp points.

It's a modern looking rendition of the pattern later known as New York Beauty, but is much more similar to the 1931 "Springtime in the Rockies" pattern by Capper's Weekly. But it's not the same pattern.

Capper's Weekly "Springtime in the Rockies" block
The earth tone beauty was sold through Case Antiques, and according to the auction record, the dark brown fabric was originally green and the quilt was made in 1860. The lighter color orangey-brown could have been more red at one point. Could it have been a red, white and green quilt?

1 comment:

  1. Of course Iʻm biased, but there is indeed a very special loveliness to the quality of "faded beauties"!