I love handmade quilts. I love that someone a while back took the time to save, cut, piece, sew and quilt what appeared to be scraps of little or no use into a useful, cozy and beautiful (usually) piece of art!
The top quilt in the picture came from Canton First Monday Trade days. It's lap/throw size and appears to be from the 60s--maybe 70s. It's all cotton and some of the squares are so cute--one is a little Model T Pattern! And I only paid about 5 dollars for it!
The second quilt in the pile was made by my Dad's Mom (see her picture below) and her mother-in-law (my great grandmother) in the 40s. It's a Wedding Ring pattern made mostly of pinks and greens.
The third one is a mystery. We found it in my great-grandmother's attic after she died. No one knows who made it, or when. It appears to be a signature quilt from McPherson, Kansas, made shortly after the Civil War. The squares are rectangular, about 2x5 inches and embroidered with names in alternating red and blue thread creating diagonal lines of red and blue on the quilt top. The quilting is done in tiny 1/2 in. squares. None of the names are related to us that we know of!
The last quilt is only a top. My husband's great-grandmother put it together but it was never completed. I even have the piece of fabric she made for the backing!
My mom was visiting the other day and she threw this Dresden plate piece over the lamp shade--cute! If you look closely, that's my grandma who made the wedding ring quilt in the picture below the lamp!
I think someday I will make my quilt pieces into a quilt but....somehow, someday is always far away! So I'll just treasure the ones I have for now!