Today the top I’m pulling from the quilt top cupboard is a Cut Glass Dish pattern, also known as Crystal Honeycomb.
The top is hand pieced and is made up of indigos, mourning prints, shirting, and a cardinal red print for the setting squares.
This top is hard to date. The fabrics used to piece the Cut Glass Dish units appears to be quite a bit older than the red fabric used to set the blocks together into a top.
Some of the fabrics in this top were dyed with a fugitive dye which was once a very dark blue. It’s now faded out to a tan color.
As you can see, the quilter had to piece fabric together to get a piece of fabric big enough to piece her design. These joins are called “poverty patches”. I find them very endearing, and a sign of determination to make do with what one has..and to make something useful and pretty from it. When this poverty patch was pieced both of the fabrics would have been the dark blue indigo color.
Here you can see another fabric that had a fugitive dye.
It’s a real shame that the dyes didn’t hold, because I love the pattern of this quilt. It’s one that you don’t see very often. IMO the graphic look is spoiled by those lighter sections.
It also looks like the blocks may have been pieced and set aside or our quilter was using fabrics from a scrap bag that dated to a much earlier date than the setting squares used to put this top together.
I would guess the blocks date to around 1880-1910 and the red fabric to 1910-1940.
I wonder if the quilter inherited the blocks from a relative who was a quilter? That would explain the time span represented here.
The side setting triangles have the bias at the edge which allows the fabric to stretch. It’s always better to cut the fabric so the straight of grain is at the long outer edge piece.
This top could be straightened by a bit of good pressing with a light starch or sizing ( I like Best Press). The addition of a border or a row of stay stitching at the edge of the top would stabilize the edges too.
The blocks are a pieced elongated hexagon shape. If the quilter would have set the blocks together a little differently she would have an Ocean Waves top.
I don’t think I’ll ever quilt this top, but I do like the design and at some point may recreate the quilt top?