Popular in America 1820-1840
These exquisite Chintz Center Panels are accurate reproductions, in both color and scale, of medallions from vintage quilts owned by private collectors and the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The framed medallion quilt of the turn of the 19th century featured a central area of interest surrounded by pieced and/or appliqued borders. The center could be a hand painted Indian fabric with a tree-of-life design or cut-out chintz in the Broderie Perse style. Another option was a Chintz Center Panel printed especially for quilts.
British and European textile manufacturers printed these elegant Chintz Panels from c. 1808 until the 1830s. They were block printed in assorted sizes and shapes, (squares, circles, ovals, rectangles) and were perfect as the central focus of a mosaic or center medallion quilt.
Made in America
Recently a customer completed a lovely Chintz quilt which she washed in Woolite. Alas..the panel (printed with ink) faded badly. I would not recommend using Woolite with the Chintz Center Panels. The printer recommends Ivory soap, I like Orvus paste.