I found and an old quilt top in an antique shop today….. you know, my heart beats a little faster when I find something like this….
It’s never been used of course because it isn’t quilted… it probably sat in someones cedar chest waiting to be finished.
I guess we all have quilts like that.
This one has the wonderful pink that I have dated to 1880. It’s really interesting, It’s a madder print, the little white dot is an acid resist and the dark part of the print is produced by a covering cylinder. (The covering cylinder was engraved with the small detailed designs and printed over the top)
The fabric is called a ‘double pink.’
It also has the lime yellow and of course a lot of madder brown print fabrics as well.
It has been completely pieced by hand.
Did you ever think child… how much piecin’ a quilt’s like livin’ a life?
And as for sermons, why, they ain’t no better sermon to me than a patchwork quilt, and the doctrines is right there a heap plainr’n they are in the catechism.
Aunt Jane “in Eliza Calvert Hall, Aunt Jane of Kentucky (1907)