by Paul Klee (ca. 1937-39)
Quilt Notes: Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (p.126-6) includes a very beautiful rendering of STRAIGHT FURROW, (untitled or simply Nine Patch) illustrated entirely with earthly colors (for planting seeds), and reminiscent (unintentionally) of any number of Paul Klee's (1879-1940) abstractions, but especially his patch-like ANCIENT SOUND (1925). The block is attributed to Jonathan Holstein, American Pieced Quilts, 1973.
Similar to GREEN RIVER, the near-ultimate simplicity of the design creates challenges toward innovation in color harmonies, unusual fabric design choices, or working it entirely with scraps. See Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA, #1706.
The color scheme is here adapted from Paul Klee's exquisite ORIENTAL GARDEN, illustrated left.
Compare at this site with similar 3 x 3 blocks including PUSS IN THE CORNER and BIRDS IN THE AIR. For more patterns with color combinations derived from works by well known artists see:
PATCHWORK PINES (O'Keeffe)
STAR LANE (Delaunay)
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)
DELFT MILL (Vermeer)
GREEN RIVER (O'Keeffe)
OLD CROW (Calder)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)
FLOWERING NINE PATCH (O'Keeffe)
Another variation titled STRAIGHT FURROW by Nancy Cabot,
published March 30, 1934, Chicago Tribune