christmas peony

Unknown Quilt Maker
Collected in Virginia
68 x 86 inches
Top: circa 1870

A Stunning, Complex Variation

Densely hand pieced and appliqued, this graphic beauty looks like a 
more complex cousin to the traditional "Carolina Lily."

The small forked appliqued leaves nestled within have suggested peonies to some.
So we have given the design our own name: "Christmas Peony."

The quilt maker juxtaposes large and small scale elements,
 as well as geometric, even jagged design with curved and flowing. 
She achieves a very pleasing balance here...

The charming appliqued running vine borders are 
appliqued by machine.

This beauty is simply hand quilted, and finished with a knife edge. 
Our guess is that the quilt was finished some time 
later than the top was made.

The quilt is in Excellent Condition  ~ sturdy, flat and lightweight ~
with no wear, weakened fabrics, popping, or fading.
It appears unused.

Price:  $1,250

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