Popular in America 1820-1840
These exquisite Chintz Center Panels are accurate reproductions, in both color and scale, of medallions from vintage quilts. Black octagon is from the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Tree of Life is from Collections den Haan and Wagonmakers.
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.