The third red & green applique block that I am working on is another one from “Quilts in Red and Green” by Nancy Hornback and Terry Clothier Thompson. I liked my first block so much that I’d considered making a quilt with just that block repeated in variations but decided in the end that I’d learn more by trying different blocks.
The third one is called Pennsylvania Tulips. In the book they show the original quilt, the history of the quilt, and then a modern rendition of the block.
Here is the original quilt. I chose this for my next block since I am from Pennsylvania, and I liked the block and quilt. The original green fabric has faded to a tan but what a creative layout on this quilt. ( Sorry…taking these pictures in outdoor light, trying to keep the book pages open, and there is a bit of reflection from the late afternoon sun on the pages as the paper stock is nice, glossy stock : )
Rebecca was born in Ohio, married Thomas Wilhelm from Pennsylvania, and later they moved to Kansas. Rebecca made this quilt for her daughter’s wedding.
The authors of the book indicate that ” The placement of the blocks, set diagonally in a staggered arrangement, gives the quilt and interesting overall composition.”
Once I started to prep the pieces it dawned on me that this was an easier block than the first two that I did ( or it seemed that it might be easier :)
I recently checked out ” Treasury of American Quilts” by Cyril L. Nelson and Carter Houck from the library. I am sure this is an old classic. There is such a wide variety of stunning quilts in this book but in regards to the red & green quilts I always gravitate towards the ones with a bit of cheddar in them. Here are two favorites :
1st: This just pops! So bright ! 1855 New England. No history given.
2nd: I kept gravitating back to this one due to the arrangement. ( I have edited this book photo a bit to make it pop more ) 1870 Pennsylvania. No history given.
If you have never seen this book and can find it at your local library, there are 272 pages within to enjoy. 185 color photographs. Hardcover.
I have gotten this far on my block. I need to finish sewing the center stem a bit more, and then stop there, add leaves, finish that, and then do the flowers. Pretty boring thus far :)
It will be pretty once the flowers are done but since it is fairly simple, I think that the next block will have to be more complicated and have more elements to balance things out somewhat.
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