” I have something for you” Jon said as we stood outside George’s Ginofor Gallery in the rain waiting for the Memorial Day Parade to begin. I told him he shouldn’t be buying me things, as I always do when he buys me something. But when I took the quilt out of the bag, I was glad (as I always am) that he did. He got it from Jack’s Out Back, the antique shop next to the gallery. Jon said there were two more quilts coming, that Jack was going to get them out of his storage shed.
I laid the quilt out on a chair in George’s Gallery and Donna and I looked at each different rectangle of fabric commenting on the design and colors. It’s a two sided quilt, the back made of long strips of the same fabrics. That little maroon piece just off center is the only one like it. Looks like the maroon dot in the center of a Queen Anne’s Lace to me.
The quilt was tattered and worn, the cotton batting sticking in so many places. It came from a house in White Creek, NY, not far from us, that has the date 1841 etched in marble over the front door.
I put the quilt in the washing machine on gentle, knowing that if I was going to use it, it would have to be able to withstand a few washings. This is just the kind of quilt that no one wants to throw away but most people don’t want to keep either. But I’m not shy about cutting it up and giving it a second life. (or parts of it anyway). It was tacked not quilted, so I snipped each piece of yarn and separated the two sides. Even with all the wear, there’s still a lot of good, unique, vintage fabric in this quilt. It has my mind spinning.