Red & Green Quilts and Pennsylvania Tulips

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 : )

original PA tulips quilt

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.

whig rose variation

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.

Favorite Pot of Flowers quilt

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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14 Responses to Red & Green Quilts and Pennsylvania Tulips

  1. Brenda Kula says:

    So beautiful! I am jealous of all your wonderful applique!

  2. Judy Miller says:

    Aren’t they just the prettiest patterns?
    I saw cobwebs on my lawn this morning. I don’t remember every seeing them like that–maybe because I usually don’t get up until after 9:00?

  3. Marti says:

    That’s a pretty block. Turned applique is on my bucket list but I don’t know when I’m going to get to it. I love those old quilts too.

  4. Grandma Kc says:

    I think that block is going to be beautiful! You have lots of patience and I still don’t know where you find the time to do that and run the 24 hour diner.

  5. Joyce says:

    What I like about red and green quilts is that they add such tidings of comfort and joy to the Christmas season!
    I love following your projects! Wonder if someday yours will show up in a volume of “historic quilts?” Be sure to sign and date everything you make. I read once that women rarely do this because we are so “humble” about what we’ve labored over.

  6. Judy says:

    Deb, the quilt block is so pretty. I envy anyone having that kind of talent. I have one old quilt that my great-grandmother started (it is just the top). Postage stamp pattern, I think it’s called. So pretty. Someday maybe I’ll learn to finish it correctly..Happy Thursday..Judy

  7. Your hand work is beautiful. I’m always in awe of your skills. :-)

  8. sally says:

    If only I had the patience as you do. Your work is always so pretty. :)

  9. Love the quilts with the more vibrant colors! Oh we have a huge hawk that likes to sit on our deck railings! Every since they started chopping down trees around my neighborhood we’ve had lots of hawks. I’m glad I didn’t get chickens like I wanted to!

  10. Kathy says:

    I’m with you on adding some cheddar to red and green quilts. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous quilts!

  11. su says:

    Those are amazing inspirations! Yours looks like it has a wonderful beginning!

  12. Michal says:

    Applique has been calling me lately. I seriously have to break out an old project and do some work during the hot summer. I enjoyed reading this post. You have inspired me. (I found you via A Stroll Thru Life link up). Have a good week.

  13. What a lovely block. I do admire the layout used in that quilt photo. Looking forward to following your progress on this project!

  14. Sherry says:

    I love applique. My first love. But my eyes are what they used to be. Spending more time pieceing now adays. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and the amazing vintage quilts. I came by from your link at A Stroll. I linked my Patriotic bar/counter scape. I love visiting. I’ll look for your follow option!
    Have a great week.
    Sherry (a fellow quilter)

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