Prairie Queen (Filipendula rubra)|
from the New England Wildflower Society
| Quilt Notes: PRAIRIE QUEEN, or "Queen of the Prairie," refers to a very tall and amazingly beautiful, non-woody, intensely-pink herb, which grows in abundance (see illustration left), and is native to shady, mostly moist habitats throughout northeastern and central USA. Latin name is "Filipendula rubra" (more at Wikipedia).
Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS (p.130-7) dates PRAIRIE QUEEN back to the Aunt Martha series, called "The Quilt Fair Comes to You," published about 1933. Nancy Cabot illustrated the block in the Chicago Tribune on March 26, 1934.
An almost identical version but without the variation of squares with darker hues, appeared in Ruth Finley's "Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them," (p. 82) published in 1929, and where she lists the design as one of those "widely used nine-patches that every person interested in quilts should know."
See LOTUS BLOCK for a selection of quilt designs at this site celebrating botanicals, and for similarly constructed 9-patch designs, see:
PUSS IN THE CORNER
CORN AND BEANS
SHOO FLY (with FENCE ROW)
ANTIQUE TILE BLOCK (with Georgia O'Keeffe)
GREEN RIVER (with Georgia O'Keeffe)
ON THE SQUARE (with Sonia Delaunay)