Chris was away on a hunting trip this past week with Charlie, his best hunting buddy. While they were away, Charlie’s wife, Karen, and I decided to get together one night not to celebrate our staycations.
I also wanted to see Karen’s quilt collection and I took photos to share. I don’t remember the maker history on all of them but they are all family quilts.
I don’t know a lot about dating quilts but I think most of these were made before the 1950’s and they are all very traditional and remind me of the quilts my Great-Grandmother made.
Because I love scrappy quilts I think this Ocean Wave quilt was my favorite.
This Shoo Fly quilt belonged to her brother and he had it until he died so it’s very special to Karen. What I liked about this is that the batting/backing is a prequilted piece. The top is tied to the quilt. I suspect that the dark border was added to make the quilt the size of the back and then the excess fabric was turned to the back for the binding.
She received this Grandmother’s Flower Garden as a top and had it hand quilted and finished. The photo I took of the label had the details but it’s blurry. I seem to remember that the quilter was in her late 80’s when she worked on this quilt for Karen.
My awareness of her quilt collection came about because of this quilt. It’s another top that she wants to have quilted so she can use it. Barbara Brackman confirmed that this quilt doesn’t have a name as a published pattern. It was a scrap pattern that was most likely passed around. It’s all hand pieced and is in great condition. The muslin fabric feels really stiff so I’m not sure exactly what it is but it’s likely a blend of some sort.
I love seeing people who are really attached to their quilts. She loves and uses all of them. I know that some would recommend not using them but I’m an advocate of using quilts and I know that’s what these quilts were intended for.