This baby quilt was made on a treadle sewing machine by Sandie's husband's grandmother when she was about 80 years old. It is a practical, hand tied, flannel quilt made with scraps.
Sandie wat beside her, pregnant with her 1st child and handed her pieces. She bound it in pink because she was hoping for a girl.
The quilt is over 40 years old. Sandie owns the treadle machine it was made on.
This quilt began its life in Arkansas in the 1930's. Gwen Christiansen inherited it in 2008. The embroidered blocks are finely hand stitched on feed sack muslin. However they had not been squared and were put together with yellow depression era fabric, a very loosely woven fabric which is one step above gauze. There was no quilting and a yellow gathered skirt was added to make it a double sized bed spread.
After much thought Gwen decided to take it apart, square up the blocks and use the yellow skirting to make borders and blocks. She hand quilted around the flower blocks and is hand quilting a dahlia design in each yellow square. Gwen believes the embroidered blocks were first published in the midwest publications in 1930. They began as embroidery only. Then a little applique was added. In 1977, Ruby S McKim published them as all applique squares.
Betty Ray found this quilt at a yard sale. She spotted the quilt and it seemed to talk to her. The lady having the sale was older than herself so she asked her if she had made it. She replied, "No, probably my grandmother. No one in the family wants the OLD THING so I decided to sell it!"
Betty paid $60 for it!
It has since been appraised for $600.
The quilt is hand pieced and was made in the early 30's. The pattern is Seven Sisters.
The fabrics on this quilt are prints from chicken feed sacks back in the 20's and 30's. They all have baby chicks on them and even the quilting is done in baby chicks. It belongs to Mary Byers. Her mother-in-law grew up on a farm in Mendon, Illinois and acquired these fabrics from her mother's stash. She never did anything with them until after her mother's death. She then gave them to Mary who was her only daughter-in-law.
Mary finally put them into a quilt last year.
I wish my picture would have turned out better, but oh well. I can't not put this one in.
Iris Shaffer's daughter found this old quilt top in an estate sale in Portland Oregon. Some people call this the postage stamp pattern.
There is no history for this quilt, but someone spent many hours and days cutting and piecing it by hand. The fabrics are at least in the 30's or older.
The pieces are 1 1/4" square with 1/8" - 1/4" seams. All of the corners match perfectly. Seeing there were no rotarty cutters in those days this is really an amazing piece.
It has 60 squares X 65 blocks, totalling 3,900 cut squares. It is a queen size measuring 82 X 88.
Wow ladies, what an inspiration. We must get out our hand projects and take them everywhere with us. Little by little, square by square, hexagon by hexagon, we too can have our own master piece made with our own hands!
My hubby has just pulled up to the house with the trailer all loaded and is ready to head out to a Quilt, and Sewing Expo in San Mateo, California so I am going to have to run. I will bring you more of this Bed Turning when I get back from the show. Until then.....Happy Sewing!!!