Sunday, April 10, 2011
The framed medallion quilt of the turn of the 19th century featured a central area of interest surrounded by pieced and/or appliqued borders. The center could be a hand painted Indian fabric with a tree-of-life design or cut-out chintz in the Broderie Perse style. Another option was a Chintz Center Panel printed especially for quilts.
British and European textile manufacturers printed these elegant Chintz Panels from c. 1808 until the 1830s. They were block printed in assorted sizes and shapes, (squares, circles, ovals, rectangles) and were perfect as the central focus of a mosaic or center medallion quilt.
On April 15, 2011 I will launch a line of 5 of these Chintz Center Panels that are from quilts owned by private collectors and the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The panels range in size from a 10" x 12" rectangle (above) to a large 30" square. I am having them printed in America to my specifications, making sure they are authentic in color and scale. All of them can be seen on our website, on April 15th!