Q9076 Unique Adaptation of a Sunflower Pattern

c.1928 with older date calico backing fabric
71 x 92 inches
New England

This sunflower quilt is beyond comprehension to me. Created in 15 inch blocks, every applique stitch on this quilt is done by hand. The stitches are so small that I needed extra strong glasses to be sure. How many months would it have taken for this woman to create this masterpiece! She started with a basic sunflower pattern and then embellished it with her own designs. The corners of each block appear to be embellished with a leaf, and the centers of the sunflowers have four different patterns embellishing them. I know I said this before, but it is just incomprehensible to me how anyone could use such minuscule applique stitches to create this piece. The blocks are joined with a 1-1/2 inch adaptation to normal sashing, half of which embellishes the edge and serves as part of a pillowcase binding. This quilt just recently came out of a private collection. It is professionally hand washed by Betsey, and is ready for its new home. It would perfectly fit a queen size bed with a thick mattress or a king size bed with 6 inches over on each side.