This Basket of Flowers quilt is one of the finest examples I have seen of a 20th century quilt. To say that the quilting is masterful is an understatement. The minuscule stitches are 18 to the inch. The feathered design throughout the border as well as around the full flowers appears to be trapunto but on close examination one can see that it is not. The interior field is quilted with a small diamond pattern and triple rows of parallel straight lines outside the field. Double rows of quilting outline all of the applique. The binding has a delicate piping edge. The flowers are made of two closely related shades of pink. The fluttering petals are a novel touch that can be seen as either hearts or flower petals.
The quilt is a rarely seen Marie Webster pattern named Magpie Rose.
It has been professionally laundered and is in spotless condition. Measurements are 68" x 80".
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920's.