Date Made: 1930-1949
Creator: Maker, Unknown
Location Made: China
Contruction: Hand Piecing, Foundation Piecing, Hand Applique, Reverse Applique, Dimensional applique, Folding, Foundation appliquéd. Foundations include loosely woven indigo dyed fabric, navy cotton broadcloth or denim. Some of the foundations consist of more than one piece held together by the appliqué stitches on the top. Over the foundation is a paper thin layer of a fiber that might be wool.
Each block consists of four smaller Twelve Triangle (BB2377) blocks. The center is an uneven nine patch on point; triangles are added to four sides, three times, to build the square. Some of the pieces are also folded to create square shapes. Four squares are back stitched together with cotton binding strips (coarsely woven indigo, coarsely woven black, dirty white, blue print and blue solid), horizontal and vertical, creating the Economy block. One block has a different motif than the others. It has appliquéd tea leaves with triangles in the corners that have a scalloped edge on the long side. The scalloped edge is tacked down with multiple strands of cream thread laid side by side and couched with black thread. In the corners of the triangles are reverse appliquéd tea leaves tacked down with multiple strands of cream threads laid side by side and couched with black thread. The blocks are bound with a loosely woven, cream colored bias strip and the corners are mitered. The blocks are whip stitched together.
This pattern resembles the American quilt pattern, Economy. However it is made different. American quilters would piece this together. This quilt is made with a combination of foundation, fabric folding and appliqué.
Fabrics include cotton, silk, wovens, and printed cotton twills. Condition is good. Some loose threads and lint should be removed before display. Some small holes and some spots where the stitching and fabric are coming loose.
Quilt Size: 29" x 44"
Fabrics: Cotton, Silk, Handwoven, Checked, Floral, Plaid, Print, Striped
Project: China Quilt Project; Michigan State Univeristy Museum Collection
Purchased from Textile Treasures, Pamela Najdowski, Santa Fe, NM