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Crossed Stems and Buds
31504Cc “Crossed Stems/Buds” Applique Red, green 1100.00
80” x 88” 1840s, descended in the Falls family, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN. Related to Brackman 5.54, from an 1844 dated album quilt. Twenty 12” applique blocks featuring narrow green calico stems from which branch pairs of leaves, pairs of stems with a single red and yellow calico bud and leaf pair, and a red and yellow calico bud end tip with leaf pair. These figures extend on the diagonal from corner to corner of the blocks, and four blocks are set together to form large X-shaped figures. The result is four large blocks with half-rows down each side. The design field is framed by a 1” wide strip of the red calico, and a 7.5” white outer border on which are appliqued continuous green swags that form squash blossoms where they intersect. The back is white and the applied binding is a lighter green print. Entirely hand pieced and appliqued, hand joined, and hand quilted. All of the blocks and the individual figure pieces are outlined; in the pattern blocks tulips fill the open spaces between the stems, and similar figures appear in the curves of the swags, with leaves on the outside of the stems and odd figures in the corners. There is a 1” three-corner tear in one border area on back, does not go through, and a very small hole in one green swag; otherwise excellent condition.