Here are two Hudson Bay blankets draped over the railing of the deck -enjoying the breeze, The red and black one was a wedding gift to my parents from close friends in 1942.
I purchased the white one from a friend having a garage sale and it had also been a wedding gift to her in-laws.
These blankets were made in England and traded in Canada and America during the 18th and 19th century; usually for Beaver pelts and other items. Often called 'point' blankets, the thin indigo lines woven along the edge denoted the size and weight - a convenience in that the blanket did not have to be unfolded and measured during trade. It is a common misconception that the stripes indicated the number of pelts traded. The wool was desirable as it was warm, even when wet, and was easier to sew into garments than animal hides.
|Image from the HBC website|
Hudson Bay blankets are still made today. You can read more about the history of the Hudson Bay Company here.
The other quilt that needed airing is a pieced quilt I made from blocks given to me when I served as guild president many years ago. I assembled the blocks and added a scrappy irregular border.
Full view on my photography rack. I call it 'Starry Night'.
I so enjoy all of my textiles - quilts, of course, but also blankets, embroidered pillowcases, afghans, vintage aprons, dresser scarves, weavings and more.
Do you have textiles, other than quilts, that you cherish?