Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chintz Medallion Quilt

chintz medallion
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!


  1. HOORAY!! I've been wishing someone would do some of these panels ever since visiting England 4 years ago! Can hardly wait until Fri!

  2. Hi Margo,
    I am really looking forward to seeing these...Medallion quilts are one of my favourite styles to reproduce, I've done a few and even created my own Tree of Life centre for one due to a lack in the market place of anything suitable. I know your's will be great...counting the days :-)

  3. WOW! These are must haves, can hardly wait!

  4. Oh My!!!! Margo have you considered developing patterns to fit each of the printed medallions? That would be so handy and save us all that math. Then I could cut right to the chase of making my dream quilt! I bought some den Haan and Wagenmaker's polished chintz from you and have been hoarding it for something like this along with a box of den Haan small pieces I bought on eBay for a song. I feel a quilt coming on!!

  5. Janet Yes I am working on quilts. I just finished Trohpy of Arms this week!! using a Paula Barns pattern #PB914V

    I am hand quilting the center, smallish clam shells, and will have a picture soon. Kits available....first surround is pink with taupe/chocolate stars...then onto assorted bronzes with a medium brown final border.

    I am excited about starting on the Chinoiserie in a new pattern 'Florrie'.

  6. For years I have been looking for something like this!