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