Monday, October 17, 2011

vintage quilt mondays : my grandmother's garden

Welcome back to another installment of Vintage Quilt Mondays! I'm so excited to share this quilt with you. It is my absolute favorite vintage quilt that I own. I bought this quilt from my great-aunt, who had an antique shop, when I was about 15 years old or so.

My aunt Ruth's antique shop was attached to her home in St. Mary's, Ohio, a tiny little town in the northwest part of the state. Her shop was great; you never knew what you were going to find, and I tried to buy something from her every time my family and I visited. One day while we were there I was lucky enough to stumble upon this beauty.

The pattern is a traditional grandmother's garden and this quilt is in amazing shape. It measures about 92" x 72" and is entirely hand pieced and quilted. The outer rings of all the flowers are made from various patterned floral fabrics, all with shades of lavender or purple; the inner rings are made out of a solid violet cotton; and the centers of all the flowers are a solid yellow cotton.

The hexagons that make up the pattern are tiny, and measure just about one inch on each side. I can't even imagine how many little hexies are in this quilt!

I believe my aunt Ruth told me that she thought this quilt dated to the 1930s, and knowing what little I know about vintage fabrics, that sounds right to me. It's in perfect shape; there are no holes or worn areas, so I'm guessing it wasn't used much, if at all.

Unfortunately the quilt is not signed, so I have no idea who made it, and I don't even know where my aunt got it. Even though she's gone now, I'll always think of Aunt Ruth when I look at this quilt, and I will cherish it forever.


starlightsound said...

my favorite quilt I remember when I was growing up was also a Grandmother's Flower Garden! What a beauty you have!

SarahB said...

What a pretty quilt! Thank you for sharing it!

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