Monday, June 6, 2011

A Very Old Quilt

I know some of you who read this blog know that I am an obsessed quilter and have been for over 35 years.  I love anything and everything about quilts and do have some lovely old things that I treasure.  Back in the 1930's,  it was quite a common practice for newspapers to publish the patterns for quilts  by doing it a block a week.  This came from the Peoria Journal Star and the blocks were embroidered by my husband's mother, Clemie, and I believe the blocks were made into a quilt and quilted by Ray's grandmother on his father's side. 
A hoot owl sits on a branch in this block and

a pretty blue bird sits on a branch with blossoms.  It is a very pale quilt but pretty regardless. 

Here is a shot of the quilting which is very nice and even.  The colors are quite true in the picture.  A very lovely "piece of the past" I am happy to share with you.  (Click to enlarge)


  1. My wife is doing dish towels with embroidery patterns on them for wedding gifts - as we speak. One for each day of the week with a different animal on them. She finds it difficult to get the flour sacking anymore that's of the same quality that it used to be. These are beautiful.

  2. A beautiful old quilt. What a treasure. I have one from my great grandmother. . . Castles in Spain is the pattern. I quilted for about 15 years, starting very late in life and really enjoyed it. marlu

  3. Oh how I wish I had the patience to make things like this. This is lovely.

  4. I came for PFF, but got distracted by the quilt. even without reading what you said, I would have guessed 1930s. The embroidery still looks perfect.