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MIDSUMMER NIGHT
 
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS * MIDSUMMER NIGHT
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Quilt Notes: MIDSUMMER NIGHT was illustrated by Nancy Cabot on May 13, 1935, in the Chicago Daily Tribune, so she was preparing her readers for the coming season. Cabot interpreted the block as a romantic theme, which might be right, but there is a totem feeling to the beams, and the circle-like octagonal center, so that it might also point to some sort of summer ritual, along with the sounds of nature — crickets and birds calls — and maybe a dance and a drum song. The title brings to mind, as well, Shakespeare's playful and highly-creative MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. In her column, Cabot points out how different the over-all pattern is from the block (see the tiling design below):
"Quite a romantic title has been bestowed on this simple pieced block — MIDSUMMER NIGHT. It is a new block in the quilt realm, and was created in southern Missouri. Two solid colors and white are the most favored combination in that section of the country, but a combination of prints would be quite as effective. Set together, block to block, it forms a design other than the original MIDSUMMER NIGHT."
For more nighttime themes at this site, see, for example:
MIDNIGHT STAR
    NEW MOON
POLARIS STAR
    NOCTURNE
STARRY PATH
    HALF MOON
JUPITER'S MOONS
For more newspaper clippings by Nancy Cabot, see CABOT BLOCKS!!
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