It's hard to believe that the red and white quilt show in NY was a month ago! The time there went fast but the time since even faster! I have over 400 pix to peek through and to help me remember what I saw ... but the one thing that still stays with me is the redwork in so many of the quilts.
I'm guessing that this quilt was to raise money for a church ... it's set out so it looks like neighborhoods. Love the way women signed their names back then ... Mrs John Smith ... not a word of her first name. And look at the renegade who stitched in white!
I had to ask someone what the meaning of this quilt was ... lots of little hand prints with the name and age of the owner stitched inside. Turns out it was a fund raiser for a school and people paid a dime to have their child's info stitched on to the quilt.
You have to wonder what went through the mind of the stitcher who created this one! It is so random ... almost like she woke up each day and thought "hmmm ... what should I stitch today". There was no evidence of tracing marks so its hard to figure it out ... and the images are put in to fill up space. Predominance of owls, butterflies, flowers ... and faces!
The Red Cross quilt was a favorite. Each block was from a different county in New York ... some with sweet little scenes and others with stern reminders. It was fun to listen to people from the state as they located their county on the quilt.
I think my favorite redwork, though, was the blocks stitched from the designs on feedsacks. We often had these bags at home growing up so many of them are familiar. It throws you back to something that wasn't too long ago for many people ... nostalgia is always a great theme but the person making this was probably working in the moment. Don't these make you want to pull out the red thread? I'd love to have any one of these in a pattern book!