Many moons ago, when I first started quilting, my uncle gave me a flimsy that had apparently been pieced by my great-aunt, whom we called Nana. She lived with her sister, my Grandma (they were both widowed before I was born), and we'd visit with her when we went to Detroit to visit Grandma.
The blocks are Dresden Fans placed in an interesting way to make a large bow-tie pattern. Would you believe that until tonight, I hadn't realized there was an actual pattern to her block placement? I was going to have one of my Workshop in Progress questions be, "should I take this top apart and re-sew it in a more 'typical' setting to facilitate quilting?" Scratch that. I don't plan to take the blocks apart but have a look at these (terrible indoor nighttime) photos.
And my other question is...how would you quilt this baby? A design of some kind (feathers?) in the negative spaces around/between the bowties? Or perhaps some simple quilting of lines radiating from the fan - i.e. continuing the fan "blades" into the negative space? I'll definitely be doing it by hand.
Such lovely questions to ponder - I haven't looked at this flimsy in a long time. It was nice to be reminded how much I like it!