If you have read Gracious Hospitality for awhile now, you will realize that I am drawn to them. They are something I look for in antique and thrift stores, although I usually do not purchase them because they cost a pretty penny these days! The old quilts in my collection were made by grandmother's, great-grandmother's, and mother's on both my side of the family and on Brent's. Some are worn and tattered, but treasured just the same. On our road trip I purchased the McCall's Quilting Magazine for December 2007 and enjoyed its feature on vintage quilts. What treasures they displayed within its pages! A collection of very old, beautiful, and significant quilts were featured. I especially liked the one above (stitched in 1895) and how it incorporates embroidered initials into some of the blocks. Quilts with embroidered initials or names of friends are sometimes called Friendship Quilts and they have always interested me.
While on our journey to Grandma's, I found a very simple Friendship Quilt in an antique shop. Embroidered names were stitched on simple muslin and a simple diamond design was used for the hand-quilting. The shopkeeper had this quilt under plastic (a no-no), but I suspect they were simply protecting it from people like me who love to touch textiles! Hopefully someone will purchase this quilt soon and rescue it from it's plastic shell!
In another shop I found this simple yet colorful nine-patch. Much loved and worn, it's a simple tied quilt made of a variety of colorful blocks. When I look at a quilt like this I always wonder who made it and of whose dresses or shirts the fabric scraps came from. I suspect this quilt has been draped over a chair in this antique shop for quite some time. . .and will remain there for awhile longer. It's price was significant.
So, I'm off to find some sunshine in my day. I hope yours is happy and blessed!