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From my sketchbook: Vintage China...

vintage cakestand cake stand quilt

I'm quite keen on the cake stand quilt block, you might have noticed ;-) They are one of the large family of basket blocks that started to appear in mid-C19th American quilts. Inspired by and named after household objects, many of them were made by the women of pioneer families who migrated west after the Homestead Act of 1862. These enterprising ladies might have spent up to a year preparing for their journey, preserving food, packing up their homes and making additional warm clothes and bedding for their families, including quilts.

Quilting is an essentially thrifty occupation - although that seems laughable these days, as we hanker after the latest 'designer' fabric - and the quilters of the past were at their most inventive when they had the least to work with. And they were very inventive indeed: there are a myriad of basket block versions. Some of the loveliest are collected together on the quilt below, made by Sandi Walton as part of the Block of the Month tutorial series on her blog, Piecemeal Quilts