19th Century Baskets In Pink

19th Century Baskets In Pink

In 1996 I purchased my study quilt for the same reason I chose to reproduce it for this project. It is a bright and happy quilt made during the “brown era” of American quiltmaking after the Civil War. The typical madder dye variations of the era in brown, rust, and peach tones, along with touches of indigo, are predominant in the baskets. The addition of overdyed green, cheddar, and Turkey red in the handles and buds complete the color scheme of the basket blocks. All are overshadowed by the intensity of the double pink connecting blocks, side triangles and binding.

I carefully examined these old textiles and chose similar reproduction fabrics to create my study quilt. The double pink connecting blocks are what make this quilt stand out as unique and it was my goal to capture the feeling of the quilt, thinking that the quilt maker must have loved the cheerfulness she created in her textile. Perhaps she made it for a young girl. I did not turn the side blocks toward the center due to the small size of the study quilt.

Nothing is known about the story of this quilt or its provenance, other than it was purchased in Iowa.