Crazy quilt

Eleanor stitched this eclectic quilt on a horse farm in Tennessee for her cousin in 1871 – read the inscription on the back. An embroidered black horse anchors the design, while farm animals, flowers, fish and a butterfly are dotted about. Aside from providing warmth, parents might use it to tell stories to children at bedtime.

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What kinds of stories or memories do you think Eleanor was sharing with her cousin Marjorie when she gave her this quilt?

responded: Jun 11, 2010

Posted by Janice Andreae

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My grandmother's quilt

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This square is from a corner of one of the last quilt tops my grandmother, Agnes Durrant, worked. I think she was in her 90th year by then. The image shows an unfinished square about 10 1/2 inches by 11 inches with a 2 1/4 inch band around the perimeter of the quilt. Various scraps of cotton fabric are used, cut into geometric shapes, and joined wherever needed to complete the shape as in the diagonally grey-and-navy-and-white striped triangle that occupies the centre. I like this quilt top because it does not appear fancy in any way and it shows the resourcefulness that my grandmother exhibited throughout her life.

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