Honeycomb Grandmother's Flower Garden Antique Silk Quilt
Very sweet indeed! This hand pieced hexagon pattern quilt is composed of hundreds of tiny 2" patches with six sides. Most commonly known as Grandmother's Flower Garden, or Old Fashioned Flower Garden or simply Honeycomb or Mosaic, it's a very popular pattern. This quilt has a variation--another block that contrasts with the flowers and makes petals around them as centers of bigger flowers. This quilt dates from the Victorian era Turn of the Century with a wonderful variety and assortment of silk fabrics typical of the day. The colorful prints, woven stripes and solids some with texture and some smooth fabrics are used to make the flowers, but what's really special are the dramatic dark colors of deep purple, blue and black used to surround the flowers, It truly gives a jewel-like effect, and the quilt "rustles" like a silk dress or skirt when folded or handled. Hand pieced and skillfully hand quilted 8 stitches to the inch, no batting, backed with honey brown silk. Measures 78" x 90". Found at an estate sale, it has been well stored, but as is so often the case with these fragile silk quilts, some of the fabrics have begun to disintegrate due to the dyes used to make them, But most of the pieces are intact, and it's still so beautiful to just simply display as is. Very rich and romantic look.
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