Bozena Vilhemina Clarke
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Pieced and appliquéd 1931, quilted 1938
61 1/2" x 76"
MSU Museum Accession 6119.1
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by the MSU
The "Flower Pot" quilt provides an overview of print styles
and colors popular during the 1930s. Fabric colors of the period were
brighter and more intense than earlier periods and solid fabrics were
used in appliquéd quilts with greater frequency. Here solids used
in the appliquéd buds include lavender, pink, yellow, and blue.
Each hexagonal flower is of a different print in colors that complement
the colors of the buds. The prints often feature two or more colors and
are frequently of a floral or geometric design set on a white ground.
The appliqued flowers are quilted with a flower design and the buds and
leaves are quilted with veins. The sashing and border are quilted with
a simple cable design.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.