Quilt of the Month


October 2009

October 2009

Pots of Flowers/Coxcomb
Maker unknown
Possibly made in Indiana
Circa 1860-1880
83 x 79 inches
IQSC 2004.016.0006
The Linda and Dr. John Carlson Four Block Quilt Collection
Four-Part Harmony: The Linda Carlson Four-Block Quilt Collection Exhibition

The coxcomb plant was a favorite of nineteenth-century gardeners, due to the fact that the distinctive plush flowers bloom for six to eight weeks. The pattern is also popular in applique quilts of the same time period, demonstrating the close ties between gardening and quilting designs. The elaborate quilting, executed in stitches that are 10-12 to the inch, include double lines, a four petal fertility design, pronged leaves, hearts and swastikas, which at that time were considered folk art fertility motifs.