Monday, September 28, 2015

More bowties!

This wonderful 1970s polyester Bowties quilt came from an eBay seller in Sacramento, California. The seller picked it up in Lodi, and I bought it in 2011, at the end of my first year collecting 1970s quilts. It is 100% polyester double knit, is 70" x 84" and includes a nice variety of fabrics and colors.

The bowtie block has been popular for a long time, and I have a few others from the 1970s including the one in my blog post from Saturday, September 26th.

That quilt has a secondary design of white "snowballs" although I have heard snowballs are easier than bowties. I have also heard the snowballs have to touch to truly be a snowball quilt. The makers of these quilts probably were not aware of any rules, if there were any.

Another example from the 1970s is also like an Apple Core design with interlocking shapes that fit together like a puzzle. You could call it an Apple Core or a Bowtie, I suppose. A third one has red sashing and mostly soft colors in the blocks. It really dances.

All four of these quilts are 100% polyester double knit, and they are all quite cheerful. The colors are vivid, color combinations intriguing, and the placement of darks and lights creates a lot of movement.

The Bowties quilt from California (at top) is part of an eye-opening group of barely-vintage quilts, currently on display in  "Modern Materials, Quilts of the 1970s" at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon. LAST WEEK - THROUGH SATURDAY!! For more information about the exhibition, location, hours,  and other venues showing quilts during Quilt County 2015, click here.

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