Clearing out my Dad’s huge house over the last few months has been time consuming and exhausting, but things like this make it all worth the trouble.
This quilt is just about right for a twin size bed and – with the exception of the 20 or so square quadrants – was entiredly stitched together and embellished by hand. And all of the fabric used was top-notch stuff. There are velvet pieces, thicker tapestry-like pieces, silks, satins, and even a bit of flocking. It’s a beautiful piece, and this photo doesn’t do it justice.
My hunch is that my great grandmother Bertie did the work, but I have no way of confirming that yet. Perhaps when I go through the two or three old journals that I found I’ll be able to find some mention of who made this or, short of that, who was making quilts around 1930 or so.
Either way, this belongs in a museum or a historical quilt collection. Thankfully Duane’s mom is an avid quilter, so she has happily taken on the task of finding out how we can donate it, and to whom.
Thanks mom, and Happy Mother’s Day.