Mountains Coming Into View

My Delectable Mountains quilt is coming along well. I have the “mountains” pieced for the second set. Next is trimming those half-blocks and filling outside of them with the double pink setting fabric. Then I can trim the center to size and attach the DM borders with corner blocks.

What is “double pink”? From the Quilt Index Wiki page:

Double pinks, sometimes called ‘cinnamon’ pinks, feature tiny prints in a dark, cinnamon-like pink, on a light rosy pink ground. Both of these hues have warmer undertone than bubblegum pink, which emerged as a quilt fabric, often as a solid rather than a print, in the twentieth century. Double pinks were most popular in the 1860s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, though double pinks are common in quilts through the 1920s. At the height of their popularity in the mid-nineteenth century, double pinks were often paired with madder or chocolate browns in quilts.

In the image below, the dark pink triangles on the outside edge are double pink. The center of the center block also is considered a double pink, even with its more complex pattern.

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Half blocks set in place but not sewn on yet. They need their double pink setting fabric first, as well as corner blocks.

The color combination, as it says above, was most popular in the mid-1800s. Most of the images of Delectable Mountains medallion quilts in the International Quilt Study Center & Museum index are from before 1850. So the colors are slightly anachronistic, but I think they still suit.

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13 thoughts on “Mountains Coming Into View

  1. katechiconi

    I know the colour scheme is traditional, and I enjoy watching you build the blocks, but my brain keeps wanting to insert brights or clashing colours. It’s a good job I’m enjoying this quilt’s progress at arm’s length!

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, the history of the dyes and the fashions is pretty amazing. Consider the early 1980s with mauve and seafoam green. They were pretty then and now just look very dated. Or a bit later, maybe early 90s, with the huge cabbage roses a la Ralph Lauren and English country prints. (I still think they are pretty, but I don’t use them.)

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