Postage Stamp ~ 17,199 pieces!
Unidentified Quilt Maker
E.P. Flora Family
77 x 85 inches
Nicholas County, KY
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When organized this way, like little tiny "Trip Around the World"/s, the design is sometimes called "Philadelphia Pavement" ~ primarily in Pennsylvania. This family must have called it "Postage Stamp" because that's what the collector (the late Eli Leon) wrote on a detailed note pinned to the back ~ see the photo.
The quilt maker hand pieced the three-quarter inch squares ~ all 17,199 of them! No, I did not count them; rather I am relying on the very thorough Mr. Leon to have figured it out. The vast array of 1940's printed fabrics she used is amazing.
As Eli noted, in some blocks the colors seem arranged to suggest a cross. The quilt maker plays with color and light all over the quilt, variation after variation. I like the way my eyes dance around when I look at the quilt. I feel like I am at the Circus!
Hand quilted ~ and with a separately applied binding ~ a very jolly turquoise print. Let the fun never stop!