Same pattern. It's VTT again, sponsored by my friend Suzanne. Today, I'm going to show you two of my vintage quilts. Yes, these have a story, too.
The first quilt came down through my Mom's family. As far back as I can remember, we've had this one and a similar quilt that I showed recently that had turquoise backing and sashing. This one is thankfully in much better shape than the turquoise one, but it does have a worn spot in the center from being folded there too often. Babies played on it, picnics were had on it and it was much loved all my life.
This next quilt is the same pattern, but fewer blocks, and less of them for about the same sized quilt. This quilt is sashed in brown and backed in a beautiful blue print. It came down from my Dad's family. It's in very good condition with almost no wear.
All three are from the same quilt pattern, and only differ in size of the squares and size of the blocks. My Mom also made a quilt using this pattern for my sister and she used 4 inch squares and fewer squares to the same sized block. These three quilts all have the same utility quilting (parallel L shapes that start as big as the block in one corner and get smaller and smaller as they travel toward the opposite corner, traveling diagonally through the squares). I know that at least two different makers worked on them, plus my Mom, but all the quilters are from the same area in Northern Louisiana. I have not studied the pattern and can't name it and I don't know anything about that particular utility quilting. But, I think it shows how patterns and ideas were shared among quilters in a region. I wonder how many quilts in this pattern are still out there in that area?
Now, we have such an abundance of patterns and fabrics, we rarely make the same pattern as someone we know, unless it's a special challenge or event. But, I think these were all made independently. I wish I knew more about the people that made them. I'm sure they're from the 30's-50's, but that's about all I know. Despite all the vintage quilts I own, I haven't really done much studying. But, I do love to appreciate them. They've been stored away so long, it was a real treat to bring them out this weekend and get to see them and refold them all. I try to refold every 6 months or thereabouts. And, I'm always looking for different ways to fold them to alternate the fold lines (half, half and half again... third, half, third... third, third, half...) I've gotten very creative about how many times and where to fold and I fold them all just alike. I want them to continue to inspire me for a long time.
Okay, that's my post. Have a great Thursday and we'll see ya round blogland. I'm off to the dentist. yippee... Lane