And I captured images of these things to share with you during my time in Pennsylvania. I hope you enjoy them!
This one had me catching my breath as I calmly made my way down the aisle and tried very hard to just look “mildly curious” enough to want to inspect it further.
It was hard not to drool on this quilt!!
I let my fingers trail lightly over the stitches --channeling the maker and seeing how she used each scrap, turning some of the 4 patches this way, and some of the 4 patches that way --looking at her color and fabric choices and wondering just which scrap was left from which article of clothing she made for herself or for her family and other loved ones.
THIS is PA Dutch to me. Double Pink plus Chrome Yellow plus Prussian Blue plus scraps in every other color put to good use in an awesome quilt of its time period --- about 1870.
I very carefully removed the quilt from the stand and laid it out to give it a good once over. Diagonal quilting. Very nice…but don’t you wonder about those pink stripes? They were pieced into the border before the border was added and the quilt was quilted….they are not patches that were added as repair later. INTERESTING!
I began to wonder if this was a Mennonite made quilt ---the wide border relates it closely to a Lancaster, PA Amish quilt ---only this is prints, not solids. It could be!
Close up of the luscious fabrics!
Another treat! The backing is pieced in wide stripes, another very PA Dutch thing to do!
You can see that the front was brought around to the back to bind. What a treasure! This one was priced at close to $400, and didn’t come home with me……but I’m so glad I got to see it!
Pink & Yellow Crib Quilt!
This one I think had fabrics in it from a span of different periods of time. The double pink and the yellow are definitely old, but some of the prints in the 9 patches looked more towards 1930s to me.
It’s that white fabric that looks “newer” to me.
((Siobhan, are you reading me today?!))
The white /blue print in this one also does not look as old as the double pink or the yellow border fabrics.
Close up of the pinks and yellow.
And then there is THIS one…WOW!
Pink, Yellow, and Blue…..just color me happy! I love the simplicity of this one, both in the large scale of the blocks, and the simplicity of the diagonal quilting. What a yummy quilt!
Great fabrics and diagonal quilting.
The backing was a textured yarn dyed plaid. What a great surprise!
It was so neat to see these three quilts, possibly dating from the same time period having the same basic color schemes. Pink, Yellow & Blue sprinkled liberally with scrappy bits of everything else in the scrap bag!
And it just goes to show you that really great quilts do not have to have a gazillion difficult blocks, or fancy fabrics! These humble quilts came out of the scrap bags of hard working industrious women who made quilts from the leftovers of every day household sewing to keep their families covered and warm.
This is exactly what quilting is about to me!