Friday, September 9, 2016

RSC16 week 37


During the history of American quilt making, pink was a difficult color to produce.  Red was very popular, as in the Baltimore Album quilts of the 1850's.  After the Civil War a process of printing red and white tiny figures produced what was called ""double pink".  

Here is a small quilt top from my collection, 8 X 8 inches, 

The binding is a stable red dye from the late 1800's. It is printed with tiny black leafy twigs.  The dark blue printed with white dots has not faded at all.  That's what is good about an old flimsie which shows the unfaded colors on the back.

The reddish pink is a fine fabric and, when magnified, shows that the pink is actually woven with white and reddish warp and weft to produce the pink.  The two HSTs in the corner are faded tan with tiny rosy flowers and green leaves overprinted on white.  This block is hand pieced and dates to the second half of the 1800's.

Aren't we fortunate today to have thousands of fabrics in every color imaginable?

My little boat for September is taking off to join the fleet

I also finished my Twinker star last night after only one stint of ripping.  It took me quite a while to decide on which fabrics to use to represent colorful roses.  One of my very favorites is "Joseph's Coat", a tall climber with many shades or red, orange and gold.  That was my inspiration.

It's so nice to be working with these cheerful colors.  I hope all of you friends will enjoy this month.  After this past summer it is looking great already.  

I'm linking up with
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy
Sew Cute Tuesday at
Young Texan Mama


  1. So fun to see the little antique quilt, Paula! Where did the quilts in your collection come from? Pretty colors for your twinkler star this month!

  2. pretty little antique and the boat and star are so pretty! :)

  3. I love all your projects, especially that little boat! You're right, these are definitely cheerful colors.

  4. Rose and gold, all present and accounted for in this week's blocks. Nicely done!!

  5. What a treasure you have in that small quilt! Love your blocks. These colors are made to go with each other!

  6. Wonderful colors in your Twinkler block!

  7. What a treasure and your little boat will fit right in with the rest of the fleet. That twinkler is very pretty.

  8. Lovely blocks. I've not made any red and gold blocks yet. Hopefully soon....

  9. Such a sweet little quilt! And that wee boat, as well.
    I wasn't familiar with Joseph's Coat roses - after looking at pictures of them, I can see why they'd be a favorite! Such gorgeous colors! Your star lives up to its inspiration!

  10. I love the wind swirling around the sails of your boat. And your twinkler will not be out shown by all your others.

  11. Ohhh what a pretty little twinkler. Doesn't it look great in those colours!!

  12. Thank you for sharing your small antique quilt and the history behind the colour. Very interesting.

  13. Your twinkler stars are looking wonderful. I think I may have to add a Joseph's Coat rose or two to my yard; I love those colors!

    Thank you for nominating me for the blogger award by the way. I just haven't had the energy to act on it. I'm flattered by the nomination though. :-)