The Cottage Orné Quilt

The Cottage Orné Quilt
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

A Quilt for Thanksgiving.

As it's Thanksgiving, I thought I would celebrate with you all by showing this wonderful American quilt which I found on Stella Rubin's site -


Click here for the link.

It was made in Pennsylvania around 1860.  I just love Pennsylvanian quilts and other folk art items, they have an exuberance that reminds me of  Welsh folk art, but this isn't really surprising given it's long standing Welsh connection. This quilt however, isn't like any Welsh quilt I know but it does have tremendous exuberance!

I do wonder at the placement of some of the applique panels however?  I wonder why she didn't design the central block so that the basket was vertical and not tipped?  It would have looked so good with the flowers flowing out of a basket placed in the bottom corner?  Perhaps she didn't have such a pattern or had already made the block before deciding to put it in the centre of a quilt?  This isn't a criticism, I love these quirks and enjoy trying to work out the thinking behind them.

Here are some close ups -

I made some of  these ruched flowers once - I had forgotten the quilt - must look it out!

To my friends in the States - have a lovely time over the holiday!

6 comments:

Every Stitch said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the applique and the colours used, but agree it is quirky in the placement of the centre panel. On of the corner baskets should also have upside down ? But all very charming :)
Thanks for posting
Every Stitch

regan said...

Oh, I'm in love with this quilt! I love the fussy cut red border, and the tiny little flower buds and birds in the corner vases. The 'however it lands' cheddar and green border......and oh!......all that great cheddar! The pieced blocks surrounding the center are beautifully scrappy in fabrics! I just love everything about it!

Thanks so much for sharing it! Now I'm off to put the turkey in! :o)

Susan Ambrose said...

Thank you for your recent posts all the quilts you have shown are wonderful.

regan said...

Mary.....I just spent the entire afternoon (while the turkey was cooking!) looking through Stella Rubin's site! Oh! What wonderful quilts she has! I have put at least 6 on my 'must make' list! Thank you so much for including her link! It was a treasure trove! :o)

Mary Jenkins said...

Regan - I'm so glad you in enjoyed the quilt and the site. Hope the turkey didn't suffer?

Mary Jenkins said...

Susan - I tried about 8 times to leave a comment on your blog but the robot checker wouldn't let me. I have turned mine off because I wasn't getting comments. You have some but it wouldn't allow me - it's infuriating!