Though antique and vintage quilts often share common factors, there is usually something that sets each one apart from the others. Any quilt not made from a kit involves choices on the quilter’s part as far as fabric selection, pattern, scale, quilting designs, and more. We are often intrigued and delighted most by quilts representing the more unconventional choices on the part of the maker. So it is with our subject today.
It’s an applique pattern known as oak leaf and reel, or sometimes just oak leaf. In the 19th century, when this pattern was most common, the traditional fabric choices included red and green on white, or two color quilts with just one contrasting color on white, usually red or indigo. That’s why finding this quilt brought a smile to our faces.
I’ve seen lots of double wedding ring, Dresden plate and Sunbonnet Sue quilts done in 1930’s prints, but this is the first one I’ve seen using those fabrics for a traditional applique pattern like this.
OK, it’s definitely not what we’re used to, but certainly delightful in it’s own right!