As I mentioned in an earlier post, an acquaintance gave me a bunch of old blankets and comforters to be used for the feral cats' traps and transport carriers.
When I got around to sorting through them, I noticed that one of the comforters was a hand-stitched quilt. A BIG hand-stitched quilt; it more than covered my full-size bed when I spread it out.
And each of the squares was different.
Once I realized what I had, I knew there was no way I could cut it up and let feral cats poop all over it. I contacted the woman who had donated the bedding. I thought maybe she had grabbed it while cleaning out an older relative's house (I have reached That Age: The age when cleaning out relatives' houses after they die is a Thing One Does) and would like it back. And in the meantime, I took a good long look at it.
Lots of the panels had monograms, making me wonder if it was a family project, or perhaps a joint effort of a quilting club:
1925. The year the quilt was made? The year someone quilting it was born? The year a relative died? I DON'T KNOW:
Ethel (? - it kind of looks like "Eathel) is a name you don't see much anymore:
A lot of the panels were quilted so that no matter which way you looked at it, one of the images would be upside down or askew. Maybe so you would have something to look at no matter which side you were facing the quilt from?
In the quilt block below, I can't tell if that's supposed to be a dog, or a bear wearing a collar. The same dog/bear is pictures in a different block with a dog angrily barking at it, so I'm not sure what it is ...
Birds, cats, dogs, books, teapots, pipes - all recurring themes.
In God We Trust:
I wasn't sure which way was supposed to be "up" on this panel - It's either a W.O.W. monogram, or it could be "MOM" if you turn it around:
As fascinating as these panels are, there are a bunch more, AND there are some that I can't decipher; I'll do those other posts.