Birds in the Air

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This “Birds in The Air” quilt counterchanges blue and white blocks making it look like a much more complicated pattern than it actually is. Hazel Astle-Alpaugh believed it came from Ohio, and the colors are more typical of Ohio than of New Jersey. If so there were parts of Anderson Family & McPherson family out there; they had all moved out from the east coast after the Revolution.

The pattern is the same block in alternate colors and then arranged alternately which makes this quilt unique. It is made of two late 19th century indigo blue prints and a white that now looks like a solid but originally was a print as well. It has a wide outer border which has been put on over the original quilt blocks, probably to cover very worn areas. It was hand stitched. Even though the blue in the white print has been almost all lost in repeated washings but the indigo is most likely exactly the same color it was the day it was dyed.

73 ” X 73″
Contains 36 squares of 37 pieces each.
Total piece count: 1200 pieces.

"Birds" Wide Shot

“Birds” Wide Shot

"Birds" Front Detail

“Birds” Front Detail

"Birds" Front Detail

“Birds” Front Detail

"Birds" Back Detail

“Birds” Back Detail

 

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