Names for quilt pattern blocks change over time, by region, and as variations on traditional or classical block patterns develop. For this quilt a multitude of roller-printed cottons were used to piece twenty 17-inch blocks in the “Chips and Whetstones” or “Mariner’s Compass” pattern. Floral motifs were appliqued at the corners where the blocks join. The blocks are framed by a red-ground cotton border, slightly wider on the sides than at the top and bottom. Although the border fabrics have deteriorated, the deft use of printed fabrics for the blocks provides the overall eye-catching quality of this quilt design.
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