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91220Md Rose of SharonRose of Sharon block, quiltingRose of Sharon border, quilting

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Rose of Sharon


91220Md  Rose of Sharon APPLIQUE                Red, green, light orange                        3500.00
     82” x 85”  1840-60, Maryland; maker unknown.  Sixteen  17” (approx.) blocks. each featuring an 8-lobed turkey red flower with reverse appliquéd orange accents, from which branch 7 stems of 2 two-stem green leaves and a single red bud, and an 8th segment that is a stem with a pair of triple-leaf side units.  The blocks are set so all of the stems extend toward the lower corners of the quilt, and the flowers incline toward the median line.  Framing the design field is a deeply curved vine with a single bud and stem with leaves inset into each curve, and pairs of opposing leaves interspersed along the vine.  The applied binding is red, over a white back.  Entirely hand appliquéd, hand pieced and joined, and exquisitely hand quilted:  diagonal lines 1/4” apart fill the pattern blocks without regard for the appliqué, broken only by 6 small feathered leaves set between the branching buds and stems.  The borders are quilted in a similar way, with triple lines of quilting 1/4” apart, the sets of lines spaced about 1” from each other and the lines forming chevrons over the buds on the vine.  Wonderfully crisp and substantial; only storage soil on back, especially along the folds.  Appears unused and unwashed; no signature found in the quilting.


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