Quilt designs are varied, from organized chaos (now often referred to as “improv” quilts) to those with intricate designs and everything in between.
This family quilt is a good example of organized chaos. Uniform sized blocks make up the quilt. However, the blocks are compilation of fabric in various sizes and shapes, the quilters used available fabric, to make the blocks, giving it a very scrap look. Embroidered names, of family and friends, on the fabric swatches give added meaning to the quilt. The quilt, owned by a descendent of one of the quilters, is close to 100 years old.
Here is a more planned friendship quilt. The quilters of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Eufaula Oklahoma made it a couple of years ago to honor their founding members.
Friendship quilts like these were usually designed to honor someone, as the second one. We have no idea why the first quilt was made. It is a beautiful piece of history with our ancestors names on it. Often times women in the community made and designed a friendship quilt to welcome or send off a preacher or teacher.
Here is another scrap quilt, this one designed to use the light and dark fabrics to form stars. It took careful planning, a precise stitching to get the large star which formed the smaller stars. I’m not sure who made this quilt, I took the picture at a quilt show.
A little less intricate, and still using scraps are these versions of traditional designs. This first one is the rail fence design, or at least my version of it. It uses all pink fabric since I made it for my granddaughter.
This second one is the traditional Bow Tie pattern, however the quilter used dimensional center for the bow, a more modern method for completing the design. Sometimes the color makes the design. This quilt of simple squares and rectangles becomes special, with the use of orange, black, white, and Oklahoma State University prints. Made by an Oklahoma State Mom and displayed at the Stillwater Quilt Show in 2012.The final design today is a super simple one. It’s pre-printed on the fabric, often called a panel quilt. I only had to add the batting, backing, and binding. Although, I didn’t even add binding. Instead, I used the pillowcase method.
Do you have a favorite quilt design?