Morning Glory Basket

Morning Glory Basket

The morning glory basket study subject quilt was found in Ohio and made by an anonymous quilter. The quilt is 71” x 94’. This Colonial Revival quilt has 12 blue pieced baskets with appliquéd braided handles on white and alternate white blocks. The baskets are filled with simple morning glories in pastel colors outlined with black embroidery stitches. The quilt has an ice cream cone style border in the same blue fabric as the baskets.

It was a challenge to determine if this quilt was made from a published pattern. No exact pattern has been uncovered. Marie Webster’s French Basket Quilt designed in 1914 could have been an influence. The Webster basket quilt pattern was sold as a kit in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Webster quilt has a braided basket handle, appliqué flowers and was often stitched with a white appliqué basket on a blue background. The study subject quilt has a few more twists in the braided handle, the appliqué flowers are morning glories and the color combination is reversed with a blue pieced basket on a white background.

An additional challenge was to find pastel colors to repeat the palette of the original quilt. Colonial Revival quilts were often made with solid colored fabrics similar to the clear blue fabric of the baskets and the border on a white background and with lavender, yellow, coral and blue flowers and light green leaves.

Many appliqué quilts of this period have black embroidery stitches outlining flowers and leaves.

The research of the ice cream cone style border treatment of the study quilt was another challenge. Many Colonial Revival quilts have scalloped, curved or intricate small pieced triangular ice cream cone style borders. Home Arts Studio published a pattern for this border treatment in a larger size. The math involved determining the number of pieces per side, how to turn the corners with the triangles and degree of the angles would have been a challenge for the quilter.

The project quilt is hand quilted with white thread as is the original. A small grid is behind the un-quilted flowers and a larger grid is quilted on the basket. The alternate white block has a large symmetrical flower quilted on the white fabric.

The patterns and colors of the Colonial Revival quilts were fresh as is this example made by an anonymous Ohio quilter.