Houndstooth String Quilt c. 1940

I generally refer to this as a houndstooth string quilt, because it’s predominantly composed of houndstooth prints in four colors: dark red, green, yellow and white. Mixed in are an orange corduroy that really makes the design pop, and some plaid and polka dots. It’s the latter along with the old blue blanket on the back, patched in several places, that led me to date this piece to the 1940s.

It’s very striking. And somewhat primitive. Notice the blue blanket peeking from behind at the bottom. I purchased it from Roderick Kiracofe‘s collection in 2015, when I visited him in Oakland and toured his “quilt barn”.

Here are some detail shots: