Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Inspiration - Tile Quilts

I am drawn to the applique form represented in what are some times referred to as 'Tile Quilts'.  This form of applique, also known as Boston Pavement, was made between 1865 and 1900.  The quilt's origins are mostly attributed to New England and are considered by some to be the precursors of the crazy quilts we all know and admire.   Research has revealed only a small number of this style of quilt in existence.

The 'Streets of Boston' tile quilt (Shelburne Museum)

was made by two sisters aged 11 and 14 for their older sister as a wedding gift.  The centre block includes initials EMK and a date 1873 as well as the star and double circle symbols.  The name 'Streets of Boston' suggests that the quilt looks like a map of Boston.

There is another theory that these quilt originated in Britain as a style of Broderie Perse.'    Early British quilts have been found that feature cut-out images and shapes appliqued  to a background fabric in the random form of some Tile Quilts such as the  'Olive and Alvo' quilt dated 1895.  This is a wholecloth quilt which includes many images, shapes and printed fabric pieces in a free form arrangement,  rather that the block format of other tile quilts .....

For more information about this form of applique refer to the  'Tile Quilt Revival', Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley, C&T Publishing, Lafayette, 2010.

1 comment:

  1. I can see why you're drawn to this quilt style Carolyn. They're both amazing, but to me the Olive and Alvo is especially so - whoever made it (Olive?) seems to have been a woman ahead of her time!