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Victorian Redwork Sampler Quilt 
54 Patterns Compiled by Phyllis Twigg Hatcher

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Description of Redwork Designs in the Book
The 49 patterns in this book are mostly from the 1880's with an additional four designs similar in appearance to Battenberg lace from the early 1890's. The unusual lily border is on a double sized fold out page at the back of the book. Many of the patterns are so interesting that they could stand alone and or be framed as a picture as well as being sewn together into a quilt. About five of the images are the nostalgic type done by English artist Kate Greenaway featuring old fashioned Victorian dressed children such as with a lamb and a wooden water bucket, a girl sitting on a fence, a girl with a dog, two girls sitting on hassocks, and a sailor boy dressed in a kilt with a large dog. The designs in this quilt are of an artistic nature and include shading. They are not just outlines as those you might find in the early 1900's.  Shaded blocks include a mother cat with three kittens and a galloping horse from a Currier & Ives print. Several blocks show a Japanese influence such as a girl in a kimono and another depicts an exotic fan. A favorite block was influenced by the old time Bon Ami cleanser can depicting three chick pecking at the ground. Many designs are botanical blocks such as a thistle. Two additional scenes include farm and  sailing themes. The white thread used on red fabric contrasting with the red thread on white fabric make these designs more graphic than many usual redwork pieces one may see.

 

Phyllis Twigg Hatcher
1410 Colonial Manor Court
Annapolis, MD 21409
Phyllis2775@hotmail.com 

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