|Here is Oreo sitting on the quilt, with six blocks appliqued.|
Here is what I know about the history of this quilt. It was at the cottage in Winona Lake IN. It was probably obtained from someone in Marion IN where my great grandparents lived.
My friend Linda Honsberger (appraiser and quilt historian) looked at my quilt and was able to tell me quite a bit about the history of my Red and Green Tulip Quilt.
This is what I've learned about it's beginnings:
- It is of German or Mennonite origin
- Possibly made in Ohio
- Made about 1880
- Has wool batting, very thin in places
- Hand appliquéd with white thread
- Turkey red fabric is in rather good condition. Only the red outer border has some bad spots.
- Green fabric has almost totally disintegrated. The dyes used at the time, have weakened the fibers so it literally just pulls away easily with your fingers.
- It has white cotton binding cut on the straight of the grain, 3/8 inch wide.
- The hand quilting is decent. The alternating blocks have a simple feathered circle. The quilting in the appliquéd blocks and border is straight lines.
- The white background fabric is in fairly good condition, there are a few splits in the fabric, so I will repair those by appliquéing well washed muslin over them.
- It was likely a 13th quilt, or someone's wedding quilt, or good quilt that was saved for special occassions.
- Sadly, we do not know the maker.