Cynthia's Scrap Bag, c. 1850 by Carrie Quinn
Collecting antique quilts is more than a hobby to Carrie Quinn, it is more of a passion. Antique quilts, quilt tops, blocks and fabric seem to find their way home with her whenever she goes to a quilt show. Cynthia’s Scrapbag was conceived when Carrie purchased an antique top from Cindy Rennels, one of her favorite antique quilt dealers, dating from the 1880’s. In the 1880’s, as magazines began publishing articles on quilt making regularly and featuring quilt pattern illustrations,they began selling quilt patterns to their readers. It was with the merchandising of these quilt patterns in these periodicals and subsequent quilt pattern mail order companies that we started to see quilt patterns illustrated and named with regularity. Women were encouraged to send it original patterns or old family quilts. Broken Dishes was a popular quilt pattern of the period.
This particular quilt top that Carrie fell in love with was a mish-mosh of wonderful richly colored fabrics from somebody’s deep scrapbag. There were all different sized pieces that were neatly pieced with an incredibly small English style whip stitch. The collection is named for Cindy.
7572-2, 7572-4, 7572-7, 7573-3, 7573-7, 7573-12, 7574-2, 7574-3, 7574-7, 7575-2, 7575-4, 7575-7, 7576-2, 7576-3, 7576-7, 7577-2, 7577-3, 7577-7