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Thread: Old quilt....very "different"

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    Old quilt....very "different"

    I would appreciate help in identifying this quilt pattern. This was at my in-laws' house, and my DH remembers when he was young he always called it the "Nazi" quilt--for obvious reasons!
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    It looks like swastikas! I must say, it was a VERY unfortunate color choice, IMHO.
    Here's a close up--it is made up of four squares comprised of three strips (white, red, white).
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    I'd like to know the name of the pattern, mostly so we can stop calling it the Nazi Quilt!
    I believe it was made by my mother-in-law's aunt-by-marriage.

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    It really looks like a simple rail fence block set with sashing strips and cornerstones. http://www.quilterscache.com/R/RailFenceBlock.html

    It is made with 3 strips of the same width sewn together then set alternated in a 4 patch. Normally Rail fence is done in a 3 color arrangement rather than two and usually not put together with sashing. You are right a rather unfortunate selection of colors and settings. I wonder if it was made pre WWII? I would have to think it was.

    Edited to add: even though the design now has such negative connotations the swasticka is a very old symbol that many old cultures used, native american, hindu and even Judaism. The quilt itself is very nice, despite the "nazi" thing.
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    my bunnie said when I commented to him about the nazi quilt that its an old indian design perhaps asia or india he said they were very samilar but he could not recall where it was from
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    It's not rail fence. The block fell into disuse for obvious reasons. It's an old quilt pattern - the name of which I can't remember. It'll pop into my aged brain sometime later today and I'll re-post if no one else has identified it.

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    I will be anxiously awaiting your 'remembering'!

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    I was wrong, here is a very interesting blog article on the block

    http://anotherpatch.blogspot.com/201...ilt-block.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    I was wrong, here is a very interesting blog article on the block

    http://anotherpatch.blogspot.com/201...ilt-block.html
    According to the graphics in this blog, our quilt is, indeed, a rail fence.

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    It could have a name of "Spinning" something. I doubt it was meant to be "Nazi" in anyway just geometric. The quilting is so gorgeous and so are the colors. So is the pattern when seen as a geometric eye illusion.
    DEB CAVAN

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    You can see it sometimes on Indian pottery design and early woven textiles. It is a very old design that will probably always have negative associations with it. It's a shame because it would be kind of hard to display in your house. I would make a label for the back with your family history for further generations can see that it was made for it's striking design.

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    very interesting and thanks for the link

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