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Little Girl in a Garden by Berthe Morisot
LITTLE GIRL IN A GARDEN (detail)
by Berthe Morisot (1884)
Quilt Notes: GIRL'S JOY was introduced into quiltdom in 1897 in the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #238. See Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (p.228-1) and Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#2191), where it is located in her section titled, "Unequal Nine Patch with Large Center Square."

Nancy Cabot illustrated this block twice in 1934 and 1937 (the second time with an alternate name, MAIDEN'S DELIGHT). A variation on the pattern illustrated by Carrie Hall (1935) utilizes much wider bands in the cross-pieces. A photo of the original Hall block is online here (new window).The short, corner diagonals in GIRL'S JOY seem extraneous until the design is tiled, where it shows off its marvelous intersecting paths, little playgrounds and flower beds (see below).

The colors selected for the solid color version, upper left, were inspired by impressionist Berthe Morisot's (1841-1895), painting called LITTLE GIRL IN A GARDEN. A detail illustrated left — click the image to see the entire artwork (opens in a new window). Quilt designs at this site celebrating great women artists include:

• Anni Albers (1899-1994)
    OLD MAID'S RAMBLER
• Alice Bailly (1872-1938)
    BLIND MAN'S FANCY
    LADIES' DELIGHT
• Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
    FRAMED BOUQUET
• Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)
    FAIR PLAY
    ON THE SQUARE
    STAR LANE
    SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS
• Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)
    CRAZY ANN
    TUTTI FRUITY
• Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
    GOTHIC WINDOWS
• Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
    FRENCH STAR
    GIRL'S JOY
• Daisy Nampeyo (1860-1942)
    NAVAJO
• Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
    ANTIQUE TILE BLOCK
    CITY STREETS
    DESERT SUN
    FLOWERING NINE PATCH
    GREEN RIVER
    PATCHWORK PINES
• Lyubov Popova (1889-1924)
    TOWERS OF CAMELOT
• Bridget Riley (b. 1931)
    ARRANGEMENT OF SMALL PIECES
    BECKY'S 9-PATCH
    MONKEY PUZZLE
• Zinaida Serebriakova (1894-1967)
    RISING SUN
• Mattie King Stolzfus (Amish, fl. ca. 1915-1935)
    FANCY STRIPE
• Gunta Stölzl (1897-1983)
    ALBUM QUILT
• Eva Zeisel (1906-2011)
    LIGHT AND DARK

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