The quilt is made from signature blocks and a few 9 patches. The information my friend had on it is that the signature blocks were made by the female family and friends of her inlaws at their wedding shower in 1939.
The bride's maiden name began with M and the groom's last name with V, so many of the ladies on the blocks have those initials.
The blocks are hand sewn and the embroidery on the signatures is gorgeous! I'm curious if anyone can identify the age of the fabric in the 9-patches. They look more modern to my completely untrained eye and I wonder if the blocks were just a stack of blocks for a few decades until someone else tried to assemble them. Interestingly, the green plaid sashing is the only thing that was machine sewn.
I mentioned in my previous post that this top did not lay remotely flat. The blocks appear to have been not square to begin with and the sashing made it worse, which is another thing that makes me think that the sashing was not added by the same ladies who made the original blocks. I had the option of removing the green plaid and resashing the blocks, but whoever put it there was part of this quilt's story and I didn't want to take that away.
|Variegated color thread on a few of the signatures. Did they have that in the 30s?|
You can see the largest fold in the picture above. Notice how the horizontal sashing gets narrower toward the edge of the quilt, that's because it's being lost in a fold. I took a close up of that same fold below so you can see what the edge actually looks like.
Since most of the fabrics in the blocks were small, bright florals I chose a similar fabric for the back.
The finished quilt is still not quite square, it's sort of mildly trapezoidal, but it's within acceptable limits. It does lay flat and the edges are straight, those are my triumphs ;)
My friend wants to be able to pass this quilt down to her children and grandchildren. Since we are going for longevity in an already old top I put a light interfacing under the entire top. This also made it washable (delicate cycle) and it definitely did need a bath.
I am (I think) at least the 3rd generation of quilter to work on this project and it's a honor to be the one to finally finish it so this family can continue to enjoy it. For posterity I have listed the names on the signature blocks below, if any of these stitchers are still alive they would have to be nearly 100!
- Lillian M.
- Janet A.
- Elizabeth M.
- Wilbis?V. (could possibly be Willis or Wilba, hard to read)
- Vivian M.
- Francis F.
- Bobby V.
- Merrell V.
- Loraine F.
- Maurine V.
- Ila B.
- Loree V.
- Letha F.
- Harley Jo M.
- Aunt Addie A.
- Waunice M.
- Grace M.
- Kitty B.
- Maud V.
Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.