Seventy-Two Lost Ship Blocks are set diagonally with a red and black print to create this stunning quilt. The blocks are pieced using a different fabric design in each block. These fabrics are complimented with a lovely cream and brown design.
The quilt contains a block where the maker found herself short of one print and pieced a section of the ship with a different but similar colour.
The fabrics used consist of florals, plaids, geometric designs and a few very unusual patterns. The maker had a good supply of scraps as well as the red and cream. The quilt displays 75 print fabrics. The scrap pieces may well have been dressmaking fabrics but obviously the red and cream was purchased for quilt making.
The piecework and quilting is very well executed. I presume this quilt was made by a talented and experienced needlewoman. The quilt is finished with the quilt front neatly rolled over to the back to create the binding. It is stitched in place with tiny, neat stitches. The backing is a plain homespun. The quilt appears to have never been washed.
The quilt measures 66 inches by 84 inches and the block measures just under 5 inches.
In Ruth E. Finley’s book ‘Old Patchwork Quilts and The Women Who Made Them’ published in 1929, Finley refers to this pattern “A pattern that was popular below the Mason and Dixon Line was called Rocky Glen though in the fishing villages of the Seaboard, where it was frequently employed, it was known as The Lost Ship.” So this is the name I shall use for this wonderful quilt which I am very happy to have to add to my collection.
Thank you for visiting and best wishes for your quilting endeavours, very warmly, Janette
The Plain Needlewoman.