Sunday, September 25, 2011

Paper Impressions


copyright 2011 Margo Krager
Giclee Fine Art Printing on Fabric
 This is my first Miniature Chintz Center Panel taken from a book of Paper Impressions owned by my friend Judy Schwender, Curator of Collections/Registrar at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.

Once the blocks were cut for a design, it was often first printed on paper as a 'strike off' or check on the pattern. These paper impressions were saved as a record of a mill's production or used to register the design at the London Patent Office.

During my visit to Winterthur last May, I was able to see a miniature quilt with a tiny Chintz Center Panel. ( see page 81 of 'Quilts in a Material World' by Linda Eaton). I was captivated! What was the origin of this small printed square?... furnishing goods (the texture of the square did not appear 'heavy') or dress goods?

My second day at Winterthur was spent in the library with sample books. There...in the last 1/2 hour of the day, in the last book....I found the answer!!..."Print sample book, 1795". In this slim volume filled with paper impression I found the answer to my question! Corner motifs on square cotton scarves or "mouchoirs".  In several of the first pages there were the corner squares of a scarf border...and then in the middle of the book....a wide elaborate border had an oval motif place diagonally over the corner.

I have reproduced this small oval exactly... in terms of size ( 3 1/4" X 5 1/2" )  and color...even the 'weak' coloration of the roses in the upper left!

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