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Posted 2 years ago


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This 3 ft by approximately 8 ft quilt was found in a Missouri thrift store a few weeks ago. It was left somewhere in the sun and is faded which shows up in first picture. Wonder what it was used for? Laid across top of quilt over pillows? It's really beautiful - perfect despite the sun-fade mark. Any thoughts?

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  1. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you Tony, Trusty and nldionne for liking and loving this.
  2. TrustyHuckster TrustyHuckster, 2 years ago
    My wife owns a quilt shop, so I had her ask some of her staff. One of them collects depression era quilts, and she thinks you are correct. She has a piece of similar shape to yours which seems to have been made to match a full bed quilt. She bought them together, and the seller wasn't sure either. But in her case, she said they were clearly made to go "together" and the pillow cover idea made the most sense. But her skinny piece was not quilted. She also noted that the quilting in the middle of your piece seems closer together where the borders are very loosely quilted which she felt may indicate they were done at a different time - maybe your piece started life as a coverlet but someone quilted it all together to make a standalone (if oddly sized) quilt???
  3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you and your wife and everyone in her shop for looking at this. It clearly has been quilted at different times now that you point that out. I'll ask my sister in MO if she can tell. My theory was the quilt was partially done (why?) and then laid aside. Maybe it was in a fabric shop window - explaining the faded portion? Many depression era coverlets - I have one so I know - weren't quilted right away but later. I really appreciate your insight - thank you to you and your wife and her shop associates!
  4. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you Sean, antiquaries and moonstone for loving!

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