It was quite an experience but we are here to talk quilts…so here is my
Delightful Dahlia c. 1955
I don’t know how it ended up in the outlet store. It’s in great condition. I like how the stems go in different directions. I like the green. I like looking at all the different fabrics in the oversized flowers. I like that she chose pink thread to hand quilt it!
The blocks are BIG - 13.5" and each 5" petal is appliquéd by simple machine top-stitching. She hand quilted 1/4" inside of that line on each petal.
The stems may have been a commercial bias tape such as seen below since they don’t quite match the green used for sashing. I see this on lots of old quilts - I wonder why that is not a more popular option today. It would certainly be easier than cutting binding but now that I think of it, not many people are using basic solids in their quilts anymore and if we were we would probablly fuss about it being a perfect match!
|This is guaranteed boilproof and sunproof!|
A few more close-ups of the fabrics:
Eileen Trestain, in her book Dating Fabrics 2 - 1950-2000 states that during the late 50's fabric manufacturers "began making gold overlay prints, providing a highlight of metallic sparkle....". This book and its companion, Dating Fabrics 1 -1800-1960, is a helpful reference tool for dating quilts. Fabric examples along with an informative overview of the history of each period, discussion of textile colors and fabric/ quilt styles for each period are given.
|On this one you can see a bit of 'sparkle'.|
Oh. I almost forgot the rest of the story - I got so carried away! Clothing, bedding and such are priced by the pound at the outlet. It came to………tada ……$4.64!!
I hustled out of that store with my new quilt hugged to my chest. I thought about the woman (most likely) who made it; imagining how she enjoyed selecting the prints for the petals and carefully stitching them in place. I wondered if she made it for someone special. I wondered where she got the many interesting fabrics. I llike to think she got great pleasure out of the work.
We can’t know the true stories of these orphan quilts and not one of us knows where the precious handiwork of our lives will end up. You may dread the thought that someday your quilts might just be ‘donated to Goodwill’. But, hey, this quilt went to Goodwill and ended up going home with me.....a quilt lover who just may enjoy and cherish it more than anyone else ever did..
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