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Pattern Name: Tulip Basket

Age: 1890s-1910s

Quilting: utility quilting throughout - hand pieced and hand-quilted

Material: turkey red and wax resist indigo calico with brown dyed cotton backing and black quilting thread 

Measurements: 70x80


Heritage: This quilt was found in Alabama and is one of the better baskets I have seen (and I'm pretty judgy about the basket quilts).  The front features all of our favorite turkey red and indigo calico, but the baskets face one another rather than go all in one direction.  My favorite part is the back - there is some significant fade on the back, but I think this may have been done before the quilting even took place as the stain has not spread to the rest of the quilt.  You can also see some of the original mends for the quilt.  Someone took great care to craft and then care for this quilt and with a little love, it will last many more years.


Condition: Overall the piece is in good condition for its age.  The quilt itself is quite sturdy, there are a few issues:  the caustic iron mordants have faded the backing in places.  There are a few signs of wear to the top of the quilt and around the edges.  There are general storage stains, but overall the piece is in really great shape!  This would not be a quilt to wash, but to leave outside in the sun (under a clean white sheet) for a few warm, sunny days.  This is the traditional cleaning method for these types of quilts and would be appropriate here.  

Tulip Basket

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