Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Mid 1800's " Bleeding Heart " quilt, from Mass. , Christmas colors painstakingly appliqued on cotton seems so purposeful. If it was not the intent, it's ours now. Still, could it have been what the original craftswoman had in mind?
This 1840's, " Cockscomb, Rose Tree and Pineapple " quilt is an appliqued, cotton quilt relying heavily on red and greed. Christmas?
Am not trying to draw attention away from @chellers Ladies Tea sticky- after the holidays, will request a merge, please? Just decorating Ladies Tea, with little time before the 25th.
Quilting experts may argue this point. There seems to be a plethora of quilts with a red and green themed quilts dating from the days when quilts were used. I mean piled, layer on layer in unheated bedrooms. You did not go tot he arduous work, making a quilt without awfully careful planning. You also would not have created one, or probably now, devoted to merely one day of the year.
All red, less likely but striking- and who knows?
But- did some women use Christmas themes in their creations? Guessing yes. Browsing my mess in files, the red-green-white quilts fairly screamed " Christmas, you flaming ninny ". Quilting experts may disagree- sticking to this. Perhaps not but in a day when red fabric was expensive and difficult to dye- it was an odd choice.
Sugar plums would dance harder, sleeping under this, no?
See what I mean? At no time is the red/green combo lovely- in nature and created for our most garish holiday. No one yell me- we love it so much no one cares.
Another out of New England, you just know stitching by a fire- and a big one.
Sure looks like Mistletoe, red berries, bottom left- the others delightful in red and green
Yes summer scenes, wreathes and Christmas colors? Merry Christmas, warm ancestors, and thank you for leaving us your celebrations.
There are a TON more, none post-war, any quilt here saw those awful years from some vantage point. And now their ours.