Happy #AlohaFriday (and long weekend)! We thought we'd share this handmade #quilt from 1917 that features a hypnotizing #pineapple design. Actually, pineapple patterns have been pined after for a long time.
Made by Ellen Nelson, this quilt's design seems to be a variation on a Mountain Mist® pattern called “Hala Tree—a pattern that was copyrighted in 1947 by the then Sterns and Foster Company.
So how do the two designs differentiate then? Nelson's design has three leaves on the center pineapple instead of just two, and the "eyes" are revealed in a reverse appliqué.
So there you have it, the pineapple has been and will always be a popular motif for Hawai'i. (Makes sense, regarding its economical importance.)
Hawaiian Islands, early 20th century
Cotton, plain weave, appliquéd and quilted (contour quilting)
Purchase, 1991 (6267.1)