Not sure of type of pattern
by Maggie Crowe
(Maleny, Queensland, Australia)
Grandmother's precious work
My grandmother made this quilt top in the 1940's or 1950's in Salisbury Center, New York, from scraps from her household sewing. The quilt shop staff felt the blue borders were made of new material.
After her death in 1965 with dementia and my grandfather's death in 1966, my uncle went in and sold off all valuables in the household, including 5 quilts -- one for each of her sons. Since this quilt was not completed, it was not sold. After my uncle's death in 2004, the quilt top was found and given to me to complete.
During washing, material in one of the blocks disintegrated (3rd row down, 2nd block from the right). I used heritage material to complete that block, wool batting and the heritage material for the backing. I would love to know the pattern's name and history.
The value of this quilt is, of course, that it was made by my grandmother. It is hand pierced, despite being a scrap quilt the use of color is coordinated well. My grandfather wrote in his diary that Sunday afternoon was the time she would sew, visit neighbours or receive visitors. Quilting was her relaxation, her link with friends, and expression of creativity. Quilting as for many of us is not only productive but life enhancing for her and others.
There are many online sites with information about the heritage of quilting in America. Some are excellent, containing well-researched scholarly information, such as The International Quilt Study and Museum at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Others, such as Block Central's Quilt Directory contain links to many fine sites that pertain not only to the history of quilts, but to other elements of quilting as well.