This is a utility quilt that I purchased from a home in Marathon, New York in the 90's. This bow tie variation has all the charm of a turn of the century quilt with the blue/white/red/black coloration. The backing fabric is a coarse cloth and there is minimal quilting just outlining some of the piecing. The batting is not well distributed and has shifted - probably due to the minimal quilting.
|From the backing the minimal quilting in the grid pattern is visible.|
Several years ago, the quilt was pulled out and studied so I could somehow incorporate this early 20th century pattern into a quilt I was working on at the time. Suddenly there was a need to use this quilt as inspiration - there was a purpose for it all along!
My husband wanted me to make him a baseball quilt and to incorporate signatures from Negro League players he had collected. I had a pile of salesman samples of shirting fabrics and some 1930's prints. I used a black mourning print for the border because it was the closest fabric that I could find that looked like a flannel. The shirting fabrics were to give a masculine touch, the 30's fabrics to give a look of the era they played ball. I hand quilted it in a ocean wave pattern; a utility pattern that would give the look of movement in the air.
|I changed the bow tie portion enlarging the square inside the block. I love the reproduction prints I found to go in the quilt.|
|Here are some of the woven shirting fabrics that found their way into the blocks.|
Not forgotten; people aren't so different from quilts.