BIRCH AND PINE TREE #1
Georgia O'Keeffe (1925)
Quilt Notes: Upside-down, PATCHWORK PINES is called FLAT IRON PATCHWORK, and attributed to The Ohio Farmer, 1896, in Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT DESIGNS (#201-7). |
Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS flips the block back and re-names it PATCHWORK PINES (#5217), including it in her section on classic pine patterns quite splendidly. But the great beauty of the reinvention is really that it is unlike the usual pine quilt configurations, making no attempt at all to look like a pine tree, with a trunk and so forth, just a magnificently simple abstraction, and yet it evokes the glorious pine just as well.
The color combinations for these illustrations were inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's BIRCH AND PINE TREE #1, illustrated left, which offers its own delicate impression of these gentle treefolk. And like O'Keeffe's painting, the triangles receding in size, as demonstrated in the tiling pattern (see below), could easily signify the depth of multiple trees one behind the other, populating a deep forest.
Compare at this site with TENNESSEE PINE, and also similar pyramid designs, such as RED SHIELDS or TRIANGULAR TRIANGLE. For more quilt patterns borrowing color schemes from well known artists, see:
GREEN RIVER (O'Keeffe)
OLD CROW (Calder)
STRAIGHT FURROW (Klee)
STAR LANE (Delaunay)
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)
DELFT MILL (Vermeer)
FLOWERING NINE PATCH (O'Keeffe)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)