|Jesse Jackson Smith CCCQ Block 22|
Block 5 was the Crazy Nasturtiums block.
|James Carlile CCCQ Block 5|
This block is yet to be numbered, it has ivy leaves, daffodils and carnations.
|Maria Criswell CCCQ|
Other blocks in the quilt have the symmetric, stylised flowers and leaves that you find on other quilts from the 1850s. These three blocks pictured have all been cut from a single piece of fabric; the leaves and stems have not been cut as separate pieces. Crazy Nasturtiums is an exception - the large piece of material has been 'made' by piecing smaller bits together, and then the whole pattern was cut out - the joins are all in unusual places.
The patterns look like dried pressed flower arrangements. I can imagine the seamstress putting a sheet of tracing paper over the pressed flowers, tracing around the whole arrangement and then cutting out the paper pattern. My other thought is that the designs may be a silhouette, with the shadow from a floral arrangment traced onto paper.
Have you seen blocks like these in other quilts? Do you have blocks like these in your own collections? I would like to find examples in other quilts, if you can share some photos or some links I will follow them up in another posting.