I showed the fruit basket block on my last post. I had lots of comments on it. I love how this block turned out from the ants to the layout of the flowers to the fruit.
Also I like it because the fruit basket from the original Caswell Carpet in the Metropolitan Museum has been used many times by designers who fell in love with this motif. To me, this is one of the joys of quilting that motifs our great-grandmothers and beyond are appreciated by quilters today and given a new twist. Here is the original cropped from the carpet:
The photo is very fuzzy because it is cropped off a page in a book, American Folk Art, by Jean Lipman. You get the general idea though. Here are three different adaptations by 3 different designers.
Erica Wilson of needle work fame adapted the block as a needlepoint design. I believe the canvas was printed with the design and maybe the yarns were sold with it. You can see the similarities and the differences. No matter the changes, the derivation is unarguable.
Another example is a folk art painting by T. Holland dated 1977, found in Pa., and is painted on pine wood.This is a charming adaption in yet another medium. I found this listed for sale on ebay.
The final example you will have to look up for yourself. You can google Caswell Carpet to find beautiful red quilt by the fabulous Barbara Korengold. No further words needed.
Here are some details from the basket:
This block took about 2 months to complete. I worked on it off and on as ideas came to me on how to arrange and design the fruit. I took it apart more times that can be counted. The pineapple is made of about 30 fingernail shaped pieces which were cut carefully to allow for the color variation.
Here is the cause of the ant problem-an abandoned picnic! I hope your recognize the wine and baguette, grapes and apples, and wedges of cheese. Since I collect blue and white china, that is what is in use at the picnic. This photo is also a close up of the ants which are about 3/4 of an inch long and royal pain to make. Their legs are embroidered.
And finally here is a view watching the ants progress to the sweet and juicy pears!
Here are the latest Stonefields blocks. The bottom 2 are based on designs in Chuck Nohara's book mentioned in a previous post and the top one is one i thought up. One advantage to making Stonefields is the opportunity to try different techniques. I have been wanting to try out a "tile" design and now I have with the flower.
Needle and Thread Thursday
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