2/17/2010

The Quilts

Only the inside of the quilts are wool... They are incredibly heavy and must have been very warm in the winter... I opened one end of a quilt to photograph the batting. It is homemade wool batting with the wool secured between two layers of cheesecloth... I suppose they are of historical value just to show the batting...

When I arrived she had them all bagged up ready to pop into my car....
All are very old and definitely for utilitarian home use. They were given to me by an elderly lady whose mother-in-law made them on a farm near Freeman, WA.. She is going to send me names and dates for the woman.. She was going to throw them away and I couldn't bear the thought of something so old going into the trash... Please give me some input....

Quilt #1 is full bed size and machine pieced but not quilted.. This quilt is quite subtle and pretty and has a wide border.


Quilt #2 is also full bed size and is a triangle pattern on the top and mismatched patching on the back...

There is a third small smaller quilt with no piecing....








5 comments:

Lisa said...

Gerry ~ I think the quilts are fabulous. I love those old blue and white quilts. If it were me, I'd use them on my bed in the depth of winter (love those heavy quilts!) or hang them on the wall.

Diane said...

Hi Jerry,
You did the right thing. These quilts are wonderful and a historical treasure in their own right. They would make a wonderful display at a local historical museum. Maybe a display on loan?
Thanks for sharing them.
Diane M.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

These are great Gerry - it would certainly have been a sin if they had been thrown away! As to what to do now you are their momma.... do you have a guest room where they could be on the bed and on display but out of your way?
Hugs,
Kerry

Terri said...

I dont know that they are worth much, but you could loan or donate to a museum. Me personally, I would use them, like the velveteen rabbit. They've found a loving home again! Wool batting ...WOW!

Magpie Sue said...

Those are fabulous old utility quilts! There must be ties or something holding the layers together, isn't there? That wool batting looks thick. How have the quilts been laundered in the past? Are you not interested in keeping and using them yourself?

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