This quilt is a recent purchase on Ebay. It came from Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina and was found at an estate sale in Georgia. The star pattern is The Brunswick Star which is also known as The Rolling Star.This quilt had never been washed and the pencil lines marking the elegant quilting design were still visible. The notable features of the quilt is that it contains many feed sack fabrics. It is neatly stitched and accurately pieced by a skilled needlewoman.
The delightful variety of fabrics used by the quilt maker include seersuckers, feed sacks, polka dots, stripes, plains and geometrics. The 20 blocks making up the quilt are all artistically brought together with the pretty pink solid and the feedsack background fabric. The quilt’s backing is also plain, open weave feedsack fabric with the Kansas Flour Mill logo faintly visible. There are also some neat repairs on the back where some patching was done before quilting.
The backing is brought around to bind the quilt. This quilt washed well and scrunched up delightfully after it’s first wash in probably seventy years. The women of the past made use of what they had and in this case it was feed sacks and dressmaking fabrics that were used to create a special quilt that is now a time capsule of the Depression Era.
Something New from my Workbasket.
A project I have been stitching slowly for sometime now is a Peony Rose quilt. It also contains diamonds so is in some way related to the many star designs which are constructed using the diamond shape.I have a collection of French General layer cake fabrics and they are perfect for replicating this lovely design that comes from the classic book – In The Beginning published in 1992 by That Patchwork Place. The inspiration for this quilt is Ferol’s Peony Quilt made in 1902. I am making the quilt larger than Ferol’s and at this stage I am at the half way mark. We have had a good start to our Melbourne Winter with rain (which we always need) and some lovely cold weather which is perfect for sewing. I have good intentions to complete this top over the next few months.
I hope you are all enjoying creating something wonderful,
Janette – The Plain Needlewoman.
Loving the pinks in these stunning quilts
It’s always nice to have some pink in a quilt!
Hope you are enjoying some stitching,
Ann Birch said:
Beautiful quilt with lovely quilting. I love reading the details you are able to pass on
Regarding the fabrics and condition of the quilt. Hope to be able tp see it one day.
Thank you for your interest. I will bring the quilt along to show you as I know you love feed sacks, so I am sure you will find it interesting.
A wonderful quilt! Great find! And too think it was so close to home. 🙂
I don’t know American geography too well, but will look this area up. I think Traveler’s Rest is a good name for a town. Is it somewhere the early settler’s may have crossed on their way across the country. We have a town called Digger’s Rest which apparently was where the people heading for the goldfields in the 1860s stopped over. During the first World War – Diggers Rest used as an army camp and the Australian soldiers were nicknamed Diggers. So, I did wonder if Traveler’s Rest was significant in this way,
Thanks for your comments,
The travelers Rest was a tavern and a inn in the early 1800’s . It is in North Ga. It is now a historic site. We live about 3 hrs south of it.
Thank you for your reply. It’s wonderful we can learn so much about history and places through our interest in quilting. Happy Quilting, Janette